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School teacher Monica Young who had sex with boy, 14, prepares for prison

A Sydney high school teacher who has admitted to repeatedly having sex with a 14-year-old student is using her last days of freedom to prepare for her future in jail. 

Monica Young, 24, swapped her usual formal clothing for a Nike tracksuit and was looking noticeably leaner as she reported to a south western Sydney police station as part of her stringent bail conditions. 

The disgraced teacher has been undergoing physical and mental assessment ahead of what Downing Centre District Court has heard will inevitably be a prison sentence.

Young has already had a taste of jail life at Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre where she spent a month on remand after her arrest on July 10 last year. 

A Sydney high school teacher who has admitted having sex with a 14-year-old student is using her last days of freedom to prepare for her future in jail. Monica Elizabeth Young, 24, swapped her formal clothes for a Nike tracksuit and was looking noticeably leaner when she reported to a Sydney police station as part of her stringent bail conditions

The disgraced teacher has been undergoing physical and psychological assessment ahead of what Downing Centre District Court has heard will inevitably be a prison sentence

The disgraced teacher has been undergoing physical and psychological assessment ahead of what Downing Centre District Court has heard will inevitably be a prison sentence

At the time of the offences Young was engaged to childhood sweetheart Mohammed Krayem, who has since been charged with a sexual assault. Krayem, 22, is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman he met on Snapchat in August last year while Young was on bail

At the time of the offences Young was engaged to childhood sweetheart Mohammed Krayem, who has since been charged with a sexual assault. Krayem, 22, is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman he met on Snapchat in August last year while Young was on bail

She was kept on protection in the maximum security jail – locked up 22 hours a day, a court has heard – and another inmate in an adjacent cell killed herself.  

Young was set to face a five-day trial in September but pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old boy. 

She had only recently commenced work as a geography teacher at a western Sydney high school when the offences occurred in June and July 2020.

The charges relate to three separate incidents – one took place in a parked car at Homebush and two occurred at school.   

A police statement of facts previously tendered in court said Young drove the pupil to a park, straddled the boy and had sex with him inside the vehicle. 

Investigators obtained CCTV footage allegedly showing Young’s car approaching the park, but not the sex itself, according to material before the court.

At the time of the offences Young was engaged to childhood sweetheart Mohammed Krayem, who has since been charged with a sexual assault. 

Krayem had presented a united front with Young after she was charged last July but the couple subsequently split. She had not worn her engagement ring to her past two court appearances. 

Young has already had a taste of jail life at Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre (pictured) where she was on remand for a month after her arrest in July last year. She was kept on protection in the maximum security prison and another inmate in an adjacent cell killed herself

Young has already had a taste of jail life at Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre (pictured) where she was on remand for a month after her arrest in July last year. She was kept on protection in the maximum security prison and another inmate in an adjacent cell killed herself

A source confirmed on Friday the relationship was finished, but two days after Young’s guilty pleas, Krayem uploaded a video to Facebook of himself kissing her on the cheek and captioned it  ‘my always and forever’.

‘You never leave your loved ones, especially through a tough time,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on May 12, saying Young would ‘always have my full support’.

The next day Krayem faced Bansktown Local Court charged with raping a woman he met through Snapchat about the time Young was abusing the boy. 

The 22-year-old had made contact with the woman in June last year, before meeting in the car park of Chullora Marketplace on August 24, the court heard. 

Young was set to face trial in September but pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old boy. She had only recently commenced work as a geography teacher when the offences occurred in June and July 2020

Young was set to face trial in September but pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old boy. She had only recently commenced work as a geography teacher when the offences occurred in June and July 2020

Krayem had presented a united front with Young after she was charged last July but they subsequently split. Despite the relationship being over he has recently posted social media messages of support for his childhood sweetheart. The former couple is pictured together

Krayem had presented a united front with Young after she was charged last July but they subsequently split. Despite the relationship being over he has recently posted social media messages of support for his childhood sweetheart. The former couple is pictured together

Police allege Krayem was naked in his car while he waited for the woman to arrive and the pair engaged in sex acts which were consensual, then intercourse that was not.

Krayem’s alleged rape of the woman occurred 11 days after Young had been granted bail on August 13 by the New South Wales Supreme Court. 

Young’s victim and and another teenage boy were due to pre-record their evidence on April 20 before she pleaded guilty that day to three of 12 original charges. 

Her barrister, Margaret Cunneen SC, said Young was ‘very anxious’ to avoid the victim having to endure any more concerns about having to give evidence. 

‘My instruction from Ms Young is to put him out of his misery as soon as possible,’ Ms Cunneen told the court. 

Young was ordered to undergo psychological assessment before her sentencing hearing in June. It was deemed that process could be completed more efficiently while Young was in the community rather than prison. 

A police statement of facts previously tendered in court said Young drove the pupil to a park, straddled the boy and had sex with him inside the vehicle. She was arrested at her Greenacre home on July 10 last year

A police statement of facts previously tendered in court said Young drove the pupil to a park, straddled the boy and had sex with him inside the vehicle. She was arrested at her Greenacre home on July 10 last year

‘We have medical personnel lined up and are hopeful for some treatment regimes before the inevitable,’ Ms Cunneen said. 

The maximum penalty for each count of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under 16 is 12 years’ imprisonment. 

The aggravated element of each of the charges stems from the fact the boy was under Young’s authority and that she held a position of trust. 

Prosecutor Alexander Terracini told the court he would argue custody was ‘the only option’ for Young, who is living with her grandmother at Yagoona. 

Mr Terracini provided the court with documents relating to three other offences which would be taken into account at the time of sentencing. 

Young’s bail conditions include that she adhere to a curfew between 8pm and 8am and only leave home accompanied by her parents or grandmother outside those hours. 

The maximum penalty for each count of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under 16 is 12 years' imprisonment. Young was pictured outside court in February and April and again at a police station on May 21 (above) without her engagement ring

The maximum penalty for each count of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under 16 is 12 years’ imprisonment. Young was pictured outside court in February and April and again at a police station on May 21 (above) without her engagement ring

She must not go within 1km of the high school the victim attends, or frequent Homebush and surrounding suburbs. 

She must report to police three days a week, not possess more than one mobile phone, and not use the internet or access social media. 

Young cannot contact the victim or prosecution witness under any circumstances and even with Covid-19 travel restrictions in place is not allowed within 500m of a point of international departure. 

Her grandmother has put up her $800,000 home as surety which will be forfeited if Young does not comply with the bail conditions. 

Krayem will appear again at Bankstown Local Court on June 17. Young will face Downing Centre District Court on June 24. 

Mohammed Krayem will appear again at Bankstown Local Court on June 17. Monica Young, pictured on May 21, will face Downing Centre District Court on June 24. Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre is pictured

Mohammed Krayem will appear again at Bankstown Local Court on June 17. Monica Young, pictured on May 21, will face Downing Centre District Court on June 24. Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre is pictured

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