A TEACHING assistant feared she had contracted herpes after a pupil smeared his hands over her face after ‘playing with himself’.
A 14-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The boy lives in Barnstaple and pleaded guilty to a common assault which occurred in October last year.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told the court the incident took place at the boy’s school.
The child told the teaching assistant he had a problem with his genitals. She arranged an appointment at a clinic.
Mrs Baker said: “He put his hands down his trousers and played with himself for a couple of seconds. He smeared his hands over her face.”
The teaching assistant noticed she had a red mark above her left eye and went to the doctor for treatment.
Mrs Baker said: “It was a strain of herpes. She believed she may have been contaminated by the contact so she called the police.”
Rod Ball, for the defence, said: “Last autumn he was having trouble with his waterworks. She asked how did it go at the clinic.
“He didn’t have herpes and he did not give her herpes. He didn’t infect her at all.”
The teenager told the court he felt ashamed and embarrassed.
He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim and was given an extra four months on an existing referral order.