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Teen Sexually Abused by Female Teacher Says He Sleeps With Knife Because of What She Did to Him

A teen who had sex acts performed on him by a female teacher’s aide told an Australian court Friday that he was “broken” by the abuse.

“Dark days, anger pain, can’t sleep properly, sleep with a knife, cutting myself,” the now 19-year-old man told the County Court of Victoria, according to Australia’s The Hepburn Advocate. “[I’m] not innocent anymore.”

The unidentified teen testified at the sentencing hearing for Nicole Woods, who was 55 when she pleaded guilty in October to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.

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Woods was accused of performing sex acts on the boy, who was between the ages of 15 and 16 at the time, as many as 25 times in a five-month period in 2016.

The incidents took place in a teacher’s aide “pod” at the back of a classroom at Staughton College in Melton.

She also sent the boy photographs of her breasts and at one point gave him roughly $50 to repair his mobile phone. Authorities became aware of the abuse when the student shared the explicit images in a Facebook chat and another teacher was alerted.

Woods initially denied the abuse and did not appear for a court hearing in March before pleading guilty on the eve of trial.

The student dropped out of school, has lost his interest in cricket and soccer, cannot work and receives a disability payment, the court heard.

The boy’s mother also testified at the hearing, saying there was “no joy, no laughter” in the family’s life anymore.

“I’ve locked things in a section of my head because if I think about them I fear it will tip me over the edge,” she said.

Woods’ attorney, Jonathan Barrera, said his client at the time was abusing methamphetamine and Panadeine Forte, a pain and fever medication, and her house had been repossessed.

“It was quite a dark time for her,” he said.

Woods, who faces 15 years in prison, remains in custody and has a psychological assessment scheduled before another plea hearing on June 29.

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The case is similar to others in which male teens subjected to sexual abused from female educators developed psychiatric issues.

An 18-year-old boy in Nevada committed suicide in 2018 after suffering from “depression, humiliation and embarrassment” following “sexual harassment, molestation and assault” by his teacher.

The accusations came in a lawsuit filed by the boys’ estate against the Elko County School District.

The teacher in question, a mother to two children, was sentenced to serve the maximum 20 years in prison after being convicted of having sex with four minors.

Cover image: Nicole Woods. (Screen grab)

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