Accused of sex with child

THE jury in the case of a school playtime assistant accused of having sex five times with the 12-year-old son of a friend was due to retire to deliberate yesterday (Tuesday).

THE jury in the case of a school playtime assistant accused of having sex five times with the 12-year-old son of a friend is due to retire to deliberate today.

Mum-of-two Diane Pullar (31), who worked at Glebelands School, Chatteris, allegedly groomed the boy after her daughter became friends with his older brother.

The allegations came to light in Spring last year after another boy, who had allegedly walked in on them, told his mother what he had seen and she reported it to the alleged victim’s mother.

The court heard Pullar picked her alleged victim up from school, sent him secret text messages and once straddled him on a trampoline with her cleavage exposed.

And the boy’s mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told a jury at Cambridge Crown Court that she’d challenged the woman’s behaviour.

She claimed: “On one or two occasions I would go into Diane’s garden to have a cigarette and see her straddling him on the trampoline.

“I said ‘The way you play with him is inappropriate. You need to cover up or

stop close contact.’ You could see her breasts.”

The mother also claimed she spoke to Pullar after she found out she had stayed in a tent with her son.

Pullar, of Chatteris, denied six charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child - all relate to a period between April and July 2009 when the 13-year-old, who was 12 at the time of the alleged attacks, was regularly visiting her home.

Claire Matthews, prosecuting, told the court: “Diane Pullar was involved in a full-blown sexual relationship with a child. The families became close and even went on holidays together.

“Diane knew his age because she went to his 13th birthday party and bought him a card saying 13 on it.”

Ms Matthews claimed Pullar encouraged the boy to skip school for sex and she would constantly warn him not to tell anybody about the relationship.

Another friend’s son often visited Pullar’s home and was allowed to let himself.

“One particular day he remembers knocking on the door and there being no reply. He let himself in and saw her and the victim on the sofa together,” alleged Ms Matthews.

She claimed the victim was allegedly lying on his back in his boxer shorts and Pullar was wearing just a bra and lower clothing.”

Pullar is alleged to have claimed the incident was a “mistake’” and told the victim’s mother: “He has a crush on me, it’s sweet.”

In a video shown to the court the alleged victim claimed they first had sex in a tent in Pullar’s garden.

He said: “She was really kind, saying how good-looking and attractive I am. I kind of felt a bit guilty afterwards.”

After her arrest in April 2010 Pullar declined to answer questions but gave a written statement stating she never encouraged him to miss school.

She was arrested for a second time on July 6 and again failed to answer questions.

The court heard Pullar is separated from her husband but had a boyfriend at the time of the alleged abuse.

Michael Procter, defending, cross-examined the teenager via video-link and claimed his accusations were a “complete fantasy”.

Mr Procter said: “You say that you bunked off school to meet Miss Pullar but your school attendance improved at the time of the alleged incidents rather than got worse.

“You told the police it happened in daylight but the wood is a very exposed place to have any kind of sex.

“Are you remembering or are you covering up for the fact that what happened is a complete fantasy on your behalf?”

The boy responded: “I have never made anything up I am telling the truth.”

He could not remember the exact number of times he and Pullar had sex but believed it could have been as many as 20 times.

Mr Procter claimed the allegations could not be true as the boy had no knowledge of intimate marks on Pullar’s body.

The boy claimed they would usually have sex between noon and 2pm when everyone else was at work or school. However, Pullar’s defence claimed she worked between 12pm and 1pm.

The case continues.