Volume 95, Issue 66

Wednesday, January 30, 2002
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By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Amy Gehring told police she was so drunk at a party she doesn't remember if she had sex with one of her students on New Year's Eve, an England court heard on Monday.

As published in London's Daily Mail, the Western graduate and biology teacher made a statement to police that she "honestly can't remember" if she had sex with a 15-year-old boy that night. Her statements to police were read in court Monday.

Gehring, from Otterville, Ontario, was arrested in February 2001 after a schoolgirl's mother told officers the 26-year-old had seduced three male students at their comprehensive school in the English town of Surrey.

She has pleaded not guilty to five charges of indecent assault involving three boys known in court as Boy A, 15, his brother, Boy B, 14 and Boy C, 15.

"Somehow [Boy C and I] ended up in the toilet talking about Boy A, but we were both really, really drunk. I drink Malibu – that's my drink," she told police.

The next day, Gehring and Boy C talked on the phone, according to a police interview read in court.

"I was like, 'If anything happened, I'm sorry'," she said. "He was like, 'No, if anything happened, I'm sorry – I know how drunk you were. We should have never have been alone.'"

Gehring denied having sex with Boy A and B, when asked by police, the jury heard.

However, she conceded she and Boy B had kissed and cuddled. If there was less of an age difference Gehring said she believes things could have been different.

"I think if we were older, we'd probably be a couple or something," she said.

Asked if she found Boy B attractive and whether he felt the same, Gehring replied. "Yeah, I'm not going to lie about it. He'd come and visit me during school time in my room and talk," she said. "We had a cigarette.

"I think I probably had feelings I shouldn't have. But I can't help the way I feel. I think he felt the same.

"I know there's a big age difference, so that's why people don't understand."

Gehring also said she became friends and spent a lot of time with a fourth boy, who is not part of the case against her.

"I stayed at his house lots of times," she added. "We went and got our belly buttons pierced together."

If convicted, Gehring could face up to 10 years in a British prison.

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