Maya Stepney (played by Louisa Clein) and Jacob Gallagher’s (Joe-Warren Plant) grooming plot has engaged and sickened Emmerdale viewers in equal measure.
But the storyline could be nearing the end, as producer Kate Brooks has revealed some intriguing details about the future of the perverted teacher.
The soap’s boss suggested the girlfriend of David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) would face prison for abusing his step-son, Jacob.
She stated the ITV drama series has a moral duty to ensure the story is “responsibly” portrayed on-screen.
“We’ve got a responsibility. A lot of people watch the show, a lot of teenagers watch the show, and also we would never just tell one of these stories lightly,” she told the Metro.
“We have a duty to make sure the right protocol is carried out, and the right outcome.”
She continued: “It can make for uncomfortable viewing but I think it’s a really important storyline to tell.”
Admitting there are still some twists and turns to come, she added: “There’s still a long way to go, it’s not going to be as straightforward as you’d imagine, there’s going to be other obstacles thrown into the mix.
“We want people to be yelling at the TV, ‘Please tell somebody. This is not right! You’re a young lad. Please speak out about this’.”
Fans of the show were mortified when a scene showing Maya seducing Jacob in a hotel aired earlier this week.
On Twitter, viewers complained about the explicit scenes, which have been teased for weeks.
One person wrote: “Sick of the Maya and Jacob storyline. Pedophile teacher grooms him for a year until he’s of age get her caught already.”
Another contributor penned: “This weird storyline gives me the creeps! Hope ends soon!” as a third said: “This Jacob storyline is just creepy.”
A fourth groaned: “Maya makes me sick, but it’s important that awareness is raised.”
Someone else moaned: “So we have to endure scenes of Maya and Jacob possibly at the hotel. My gawd. That fast forward button will be worn out.”(sic)
In last night’s edition of Emmerdale Maya and Jacob promised to be more careful about their forbidden affair.
Bumping into the teacher before entering the village shop, Jacob discussed how Maya crept into his bedroom the night before when his step-dad fell asleep.
He began: “Last night was good, but we need to find somewhere we can be alone properly, it’s too risky.”
“And we will I promise,” Maya replied, before adding: “But I just had to see you last night, I’m sorry.”
Emmerdale continues tonight on ITV at 7pm.