Ammy Singleton (pictured) lives with her parents and three-year-old son in Port Augusta, South Australia

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A relief teacher accused of grooming a teenage boy will claim she was unwittingly dragged into a love triangle with two students, her distressed mother says.

Ammy-Clara Singleton, from Port Augusta in South Australiais facing a charge of communicating with a child under 17 to ‘engage in, or submit to, sexual activity’.

She has not yet entered a plea.

Her mother Sharon Platt told Daily Mail Australia that the 28-year-old will claim she was sent a message on Snapchat from a teenage boy which sparked the alleged offence.

‘Ammy doesn’t even know the bloke,’ Ms Platt said, unable to hold back the tears.

‘She has done nothing. It’s all because some other girl was sleeping with a boy and got jealous.’

Ammy Singleton (pictured) lives with her parents and three-year-old son in Port Augusta, South Australia

Ms Singleton (pictured outside her home) has been accused of grooming a child under 17

Ms Singleton (pictured outside her home) has been accused of grooming a child under 17

Ms Singleton, an accomplished netball player who dreamed of being a teacher, was arrested and charged by South Australia Police in December, and stood down from all teaching roles.

She appeared in Port Augusta Court on May 3, but the matter was adjourned until July.

Outside the family home, Ms Platt said her daughter was a ‘doting mum’ who lives with her parents and three-year-old son – having left her husband two years ago.

She explained when Ms Singleton goes out with her friends, she regularly calls home to ask how her little boy is doing with his grandparents – usually ending her evening early to ensure she is there if her son wakes during the night.

Ms Platt said her daughter, who is an indigenous Australian, aspired to be a teacher because she wanted to support Aboriginal children at school.

‘She wanted to be a teacher because kids weren’t getting a fair go, and she’s a black girl and she stands by her culture,’ she said.

Relief teacher Ammy Singleton (pictured) faced the Port Augusta Court on Wednesday morning after being charged with communicating with a child to make them amenable to sexual activity

Ms Singleton (pictured) taught and six schools around Port Augusta. She will face court in July

Ms Singleton is pictured outside her home

The young mum will face court in July

Ms Singleton (pictured outside her home) did not want to comment, but her mother broke down in tears

When speaking about Ms Singleton’s future, the mother broke down – asking how her daughter will pay off her $80,000 university debt without a job.

Ms Platt couldn’t hide her devastation when she said her daughter will ‘never have a career again’.

‘She will never have a life again, and she’s never done a bad thing to anyone but she’s guilty until proven innocent.’

‘She’ll have her day in court, but she will never get her life back and neither will we.

Ms Platt wondered if the attention on Ms Singleton was largely due to her good looks, and said she receives multiple anonymous phone calls from people who ask ‘are you proud of your daughter?’.

Ammy-Clare Singleton has a three-year-old son with her ex-husband.  They broke up two years ago

Ammy-Clare Singleton has a three-year-old son with her ex-husband. They broke up two years ago

Ammy-Clare Singleton has one son (pictured), who is now three.  He lives with his mother and grandparents

Ammy-Clare Singleton has one son (pictured), who is now three. He lives with his mother and grandparents

Ms Platt also fears her daughter has already been convicted by members of the community, even though she is yet to enter a plea.

A local worker, who did not want to be named, said her children were friends with Ms Singleton when they were at school.

She was shocked when she heard about the charges.

‘I really feel for her parents,’ she said.

Ms Singleton graduated from UniSA with a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle) in 2017, before returning to her hometown and becoming a full-time mum.

She then pursued work as a casual teacher at six schools, including Flinders View Primary School and Port Augusta West Primary School.

A former Flinders View student told The Advertiser that Ms Singleton was ‘a nice teacher’.

The school’s principal Anna Nayda sent a letter to parents confirmed the relief teacher worked there between February 2017 and April 2018, but that the claims did not involve one of their students.

Ms Singleton (pictured) was arrested on December 23 last year and is due to face Port Augusta Court again on July 20

It is unclear as to whether the alleged victim was a student Ammy-Clare Singleton (pictured) met while teaching

Relief teacher Ammy Singleton (pictured) faced the Port Augusta Court on Wednesday morning

Relief teacher Ammy Singleton (pictured) faced the Port Augusta Court on Wednesday morning

Port Augusta West Primary School’s principal David Lawton also issued a letter to parents confirming Ms Singleton worked at the school for one day in July, 2020.

‘Police have advised the Department for Education that they do not have any objects to the department informing the school community,’ he wrote.

‘This incident does not involve any students at our school and the information available to the school suggests there is no need for any concern for any children at our school.’

It is unclear as to whether the alleged victim was a student, but alleged incident occurred between November 1 and 30 last year.

Ms Singleton will enter a plea at Port Augusta Court again on July 20.

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