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Sydney school teacher in court for raping 14-year-old boy.

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A Sydney high school teacher who had denied engaging in sexual acts with a student has now pleaded guilty to three charges of intercourse with a 14-year-old boy.

Monica Elizabeth Young, 24, was due to face a seven-day trial in September 2021 after she was accused of meeting the student at his workplace and other locations in mid-2020.

But on Tuesday she pleaded guilty to three counts of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old between June and July 2020, in aggravating circumstances as he was under her authority.

The fresh indictment was handed up to Judge Kate Traill in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court following consultation between her barrister Margaret Cunneen SC and the crown prosecutor.

Monica Elizabeth Young (right) arrives at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney.
Monica Elizabeth Young (right) has pleaded guilty to three charges of intercourse with a 14-year-old boy. Source: AAP

Young allegedly sent the boy lewd messages over Snapchat while CCTV footage was believed to show her moving the boy’s hand under a table towards her groin, a court was earlier told.

She had formally pleaded not guilty in February to five counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with the boy.

At a Supreme Court bail hearing in August 2020, Young’s lawyer argued she may have been foolish in her dealings but totally denied any sexual contact.

Her current barrister Ms Cunneen said inquiries had been made into treatment options “which hopefully Ms Young may be able to enter into before the inevitable”.

Young’s bail was continued so she can seek help within the community before she is due back in court on June 24 for a sentencing hearing.