A religious education teacher was branded a hypocrite by a judge yesterday after she admitted bombarding a 14-year-old pupil with sexually explicit text messages. Kathryn Roach, 24, left the boy in no doubt of what she would like to do or what she wanted him to do to her. Yesterday she narrowly escaped prison when she was handed a six-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Judge Steven Everett told her: There is an overwhelming sense of hypocrisy - especially for a religious education teacher. The damage you did was substantial. The texts were full of sexual innuendo inciting him to engage in sexual contact with you. He said the incident had affected the boys exam results and that he had stopped playing football and cricket. Bolton Crown Court heard that Roach, who is now married, exchanged the texts with the pupil at the Thornleigh Salesian Roman Catholic High School in Astley Bridge, Bolton, after he and some friends got hold of her mobile phone and punched their numbers into it. She sent him 205 texts over a three-week period between March and April last year, even while on holiday in Italy, in which she described what she wanted to do to him. He replied 190 times, the court was told. Joseph Allman, prosecuting, said: She accepts that she was inciting him to engage in sexual activity but says any activity would have been confined to kissing and touching of a limited sexual nature. Mr Allman said gossip spread around the school and Roach sent the boy a text begging him to deny the rumours if questioned by teachers. The pupil initially denied the text exchange but eventually made a full admission and the police were called in. Mary McKeone, defending, said Roach was deeply ashamed and extremely sorry for the upset she had caused the victim and his family. The court heard the texting began after Roach, from Croxteth, Liverpool, ended an affair with another man which she had kept secret from her fiance, now her husband. Judge Everett told Roach: On one hand you are one who professes a strong religious base and who teaches religious education. On the other hand you are one who was in a long-standing relationship but had an affair behind his back. You found the break-up of that affair so stressful that you allowed it to affect your behaviour to this young boy. She dont look too bad think i would have kept that quiet had i been the 14 year old lad!!!