By Sandra Birungi
A teacher caught having an affair with her 17-year-old pupil has moved in with him and the two are now staying together.
27-year-old Eppie Sprung Dawson lost her job after she was found having an affair with a pupil of her class, Mathew Robinson and soon after, her marriage too ended. She was put on the sex offenders list after being discovered half-naked in a layby with the teenager.
After narrowly escaping a prison sentence, Eppie is now working behind a bar in Dumfries and has moved the boy she was caught with into her house as his parents appeal to him to go back home. Matthew, now 18, left his parents’ farmhouse last week after a row with his mother over failing to tidy his room and is now living with his former teacher. Parents fear he may not return.
The teenager’s mother, Sheree Robinson, said, “We had a normal family row about his room being untidy and he just left. He rang Eppie to come and pick him up. We don’t know what she is after and what is in her mind. I think the whole family are still in shock. You send your child to school and you expect them to be safe. She is a sex offender – she has abused her power and her position to gain the trust of a child and to do this. Given he was 17 when this happened, she should have gone to jail.”
Eppie was discovered when she was caught together in her car following a school dance last December. They were half-naked when police knocked on the window and she pleaded guilty to [intimate] activity with a person under 18 while she was in a position of trust and his teacher. At the time, she was teaching at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries.
Even after the incident, Eppie is said to have not left Mathew. Engineer Mr Robinson, 45, said: “She’s just generally keeping him there by buying him things. She has got her hooks into him at the moment. She just can’t let go.” Matthew insists to his parents that they are just friends.