Maya Stepney (played by Louisa Clein) has been playing cruel mind games with underage student Jacob Gallagher (Joe Warren-Plant) in Emmerdale.
The pair have been kissing and meeting up behind the back of her boyfriend and his step-dad David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden).
Although the grooming plot is only just beginning to unfold in the ITV soap, fans are concerned the teacher will strike again.
In fact, some viewers have suggested Noah Dingle (Jack Downham) could be her next victim after she insisted she never thought of Jacob as a child.
She made the shock admission on Tuesday night’s episode when Jacob admitted he was jealous of her relationship with David.
Fans of the show were utterly disturbed by her revelation and took to Twitter to suggest this was not the first time Maya has groomed a boy, and might not be her last.
One wrote: “Wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the first time Maya has groomed someone but who is next on the list after Jacob? Maybe Noah?”
Another added: “Maya telling Jacob she’s never seen him as a kid is quite chilling. I don’t think this is her first rodeo.”
A third commentator tweeted: “Maya definitely knows what she is doing.”
Someone else said: “Maya’s behaviour is horrendous. I really hope Jacob gets support when it all comes out.”
Others raised concerns about the disturbing scenes and were quick to comment on Maya’s game playing.
One viewer wrote: “I want to gauge my eyes out watching Maya and Jacob, but that’s how I know how well it’s being played! Poor Jacob is so clueless that this is wrong and she is grooming him.”
Another fumed: “What game is Maya playing? Leave Jacob alone!” While third said: “Jacob is in this too deep.”
A fourth added: “The Maya and Jacob storyline is actually making me want to vomit. It’s an important storyline though, grooming by women is still seen as a joke. It also serves as a reminder that families are groomed not just the child.”
Somebody else shared: “This Maya and Jacob story is doing my head in. It’s grooming.”
Despite the backlash for the grooming storyline, Maya star Louisa has defended the plot and insisted it is an “important” story to tell.
On Twitter, she penned: “It is such an important story to tell, however uncomfortable the viewing may be. If it can help one person, then our job is done.
“There are many places to turn to if you have been affected by this storyline. #Barnardos #emmerdale.”
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Emmerdale continues tonight on ITV at 7pm.