Rebecca Joynes' victim shares 'innocent' baby's future after teacher jailed

Disgraced teacher Rebecca Joynes who groomed a pupil and subsequently became pregnant with his child will now have limited contact with their baby while serving her sentence. The ex-maths tutor, aged 30, was handed a six-and-a-half-year prison term today at Manchester Crown Court after being convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a child, two of which occurred while she held a position of trust.

Judge Kate Cornell described Joynes' actions as a "gross breach of trust" involving "significant degree of planning of grooming behaviour". Joynes, now a convicted sex offender, was found to have engaged in sexual relations with a 15 year old boy, referred to as Boy A, and later conceived a child with another teenager, aged 16, known as Boy B, while on bail for the offences involving the first boy.

She gave birth to the child in January this year, but following an urgent court proceeding, the baby was removed from her care almost immediately. In court, Joynes broke down as she recounted the moment her newborn was taken by the authorities, stating it occurred "24 hours after" giving birth.

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Back in May, she expressed: "At the moment, I have contact with [my baby] three times a week for three hours and that's it."

Throughout her pregnancy, Joynes was detained at HMP Styal near Manchester in Cheshire, a facility known for housing some of the area's most vulnerable and serious female offenders. It is expected that Joynes will continue her sentence at Styal, which operates as a closed prison, signifying a higher security level, reports the Mirror.

Styal prison houses a mother and baby unit; it's understood that the former teacher will be able to maintain visits with her baby behind bars, although these will be strictly regulated. It's revealed that regulations allow a prisoner who has a youngster under 18 months to apply to bring their child into the prison alongside them.

At her sentencing today, a statement from Boy B was presented by prosecutor Joe Allman to the judge. The father passionately spelled out his commitment, asserting: "The most innocent victim is our child, and I've come to realise how important my role is in ensuring they are supported by love. I understand the difficulty and impact this will have on my child," he professed.

He further acknowledged the impending challenges, stating: "They will not have their mum present, and this will leave them with questions. I have no doubt I will have to deal with the questions that come. This is not what I wanted when I picture having children with someone I loved, the way I have been brought up, sadly this is not the case."

On the eve of Joynes' second arrest for engaging in sexual activities with a 16 year old lad, she arranged a so-called 'date night' at her flat in Salford Quays, Manchester, to disclose her pregnancy news to him. This intimate date revolved around an Ann Summers-themed scratchcard featuring an array of provocative activities, romantic rose petals and concealed messages leading to 'surprises'.

The tragic tale unfolded with a babygrow inscribed with the words: "I love my daddy to the moon and back." Boy B, whose identity is protected, shared with the court in May: "She started crying and I started crying, because we were undecided whether to get rid of it or not. That was probably the lowest point, we were irresponsible."

"It's my own fault. I also thought, 'What the f*** am I going to do? ' I can't hide a kid. I had hid the relationship for 18 months from my parents."

He recounted how Joynes initially assured him she couldn't fall pregnant during their unprotected encounters, only for her to later reveal her pregnancy. As tensions rose, frequent arguments marred their relationship, with Joynes exhibiting jealousy and possessiveness, he alleged.

Describing a particularly intense episode, he said Joynes confronted him at a pub while he was with mates, including female friends, and he joined her in her car. "She was crying her eyes out and she said, 'If I lose this baby, it's your fault'. She was just crying, 'Why does this always happen to me? ' She's got trust issues," he recounted.

"Now I think about it, it was emotional abuse. She just basically mentally abused me."

He also admitted to deceiving his parents about attending a Manchester United match on the night Joynes is said to have collected him in her Audi A1, leading to an encounter at her flat where he lost his virginity. "Obviously, it was my first time, so I was nervous," he admitted. "I said something like, 'Don't expect anything big, I'm only 16 or whatever', and she was laughing.

"Then when we first had sex, pulling my pants down, she said, 'Oh! You lied to me'. There was a kind of tension because I was 16 now, I said, 'I'm legal'. It lasted 40 minutes to an hour. I didn't climax. I did keep getting frustrated.

"She would just be like, 'Chill out, take your time'. She said, 'Don't get frustrated, it happens.' I was 16 and I thought I had blown it. She was like, 'It's your first time, it was great'."

He added: "From then on it just progressed every chance I got."