A FORMER Forres Academy teacher has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for three years.
Dayna Dickson Boath, who worked at the school before becoming acting principal teacher of guidance at Elgin High School, sent messages containing graphic details on the sexual abuse of children.
Moray Council suspended her when police began their investigations.
The 30-year-old appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court for sentencing last Thursday.
Dickson Boath, who lives at Roseisle, was found guilty at trial of sending messages through the public communications network that were grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing in character between August 8 and September 10 last year, conversing with an unnamed person on the sexual abuse of children.
Defence agent Stephen Carty said: "This is a very, very difficult case for everybody concerned.
"She has lost an awful lot as a result of this."
Sheriff John Halley told Dickson Boath her messages contained "graphic detail" and the offence had a "significant sexual aspect".
He added: "You have been convicted of a very serious offence which has consequences on your personal and professional life.
"It is very serious and highly concerning."
Sheriff Halley sentenced her to a community payback order with the requirement that she undergo three years’ supervision to address her behaviour.
She will remain on the sex offenders’ register for the duration of the order.
Dickson Boath moved from Forres Academy to Elgin High at the end of last year.
A spokesman for the local authority said: "The council acted swiftly in suspending Mrs Dickson Boath as soon as matters came to light, and she has since resigned and is therefore no longer employed by the council.
"Beyond that we would not wish to comment."