A teacher has escaped jail time after being caught for a devious plan which saw her ringing ChildLine and pretending she was a 14-year-old pupil in an attempt to frame a fellow teacher as a paedophile.
Sheena Boll, 35, rang up ChildLine and claimed she was a pupil at the Newham school and that she had been sexually abused by a male special needs teacher – one of her own colleagues – and that he groped her breasts.
Police were called in and quickly launched an investigation into the allegations but when officers traced the source of the call it led them to Mrs Boll.
They also unearthed a history of false accusations and complaints made by the mother-of-one against numerous employees of other organisations and businesses.
In a victim impact statement, the wrongly accused teacher said: “I found out that an anonymous call had been made to ChildLine naming me as a paedophile, in that I had groped the breast of a student.
“I just didn’t know what to do to convince people that I would never do anything like that to a child – the thought sickens and angers me.
“I felt sick to the stomach and found the whole experience really stressful.
“I felt like my reputation had been tarnished and I was really distressed and even depressed as a result. I care a lot about what people think of me and I love teaching and making a positive impact on young lives.”
Detective Constable Ben Land said: “Cases of false claims like this are rare, but do enormous damage to individuals.
“This was a calculated attempt to deceive professionals who are committed to safeguarding the most vulnerable children into believing that this hardworking, dedicated and caring colleague in her school was responsible for abuse against one of their pupils.
“Fortunately Boll’s efforts to mask her true identity were unsuccessful and we have received a positive outcome with the conviction and restoration of the professional reputation of the victim.”
Mrs Boll appeared at Thames Magistrates Court and was given an 11 weeks sentence which will be suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to undertake community service of 200 hours and ordered to pay costs and compensation to the victim.