36-year-old teacher justifies dating 15-year-old student | 60 Minutes Australia
He was a Melbourne schoolboy, she was his PE teacher. He was 15. She was 36 – old enough to be his mother – and she broke every rule in the book. For her sins, Karen Ellis was branded a paedophile, convicted and jailed. After her release, she and her lover, Ben Dunbar, told 60 Minutes their story. The attraction, the secret meetings, the love affair – her crime. Put bluntly, Karen Ellis betrayed a trust; she had illicit sex with a minor. And, surprising as it may seem, after all the notoriety, all the damage this affair caused, Karen Ellis and young Ben got back in touch.
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