Mother found sexts from teacher to young son, court told

Diane Marie Brimble, 46, of Hamilton, has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.

Diane Marie Brimble, 46, of Hamilton, has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.

THE mother of a 10-year old Hamilton boy has described how she twice discovered that a middle-aged woman and her son were covertly communicating.

The woman, who cannot be identified because it would identify her son, gave evidence in the Warrnambool County Court trial of Diane Marie Brimble, 46, of Hamilton, on Thursday morning.

Ms Brimble has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.

The witness said that during a family holiday she became aware that Ms Brimble was contacting her son through his iPod on social website Facebook.

She said none of her family had a Facebook account, her son was too young to have an account and it had been set up so her son and Ms Brimble could communicate.

The witness said that when she talked to her son about the Facebook messages he became angry and aggressive and said Ms Brimble loved him and he could live with her.

The jury was then told about a number of messages through Facebook and email from Ms Brimble including one which read: "ha ha long walks on the beach and good hard sex".

Another message was: "I would walk through the desert, walk down the aisle, swim all the ocean just to see you smile".

In other messages Ms Brimble said she loved the boy and referred to him as her boyfriend.

The woman said she had not talked to her son often about the messages as he became angry, aggressive and went "off tap".

"It's not exactly dinner conversation at our house," she said.

The woman said when the family returned to Hamilton, she and her husband had a meeting at her's son school with the principal and a welfare officer before her son was enrolled at another school.

The witness said that about five months later Ms Brimble tried to talk to her which led to the mother having another conversation with her son.

She said she became aware Ms Brimble was again communicating with the boy, this time through Kik Messenger, which is an instant messaging application for mobile devices.

In those messages Ms Brimble promised to love the boy forever and said she wanted to be buried with a ring he made and a picture of the boy.

The mother said she then sought further legal advice and brought the matter to the attention of the police.

The trial before Judge Mark Taft and the jury of seven men and five women is continuing

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