County Durham headteacher will face re-trial over sex claims

The trial of Durham headteacher Anne Lakey earlier this month failed to reach a verdict on charges

Owen Humphreys/PA Wire Headteacher Anne Lakey leaves Consett Magistrates' Court
Headteacher Anne Lakey leaves Consett Magistrates' Court

An acclaimed headteacher will face a retrial in the New Year over allegations she had sex with a 13-year-old boy in the late 1980s.

A jury at Durham Crown Court last week failed to reach verdicts in the trial of Anne Lakey, 54, who denied four counts of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child which were said to have happened when she was in her late twenties.

Her case was listed before Judge Christopher Prince for a brief hearing when prosecutor Caroline Goodwin said there will be a retrial.

“The Crown will seek to move to a second trial in this matter,” she said.

The trial, estimated to last up to seven days, will start on January 19 next year.

Mrs Lakey, a married mother-of-one from Stanley, County Durham, was a history teacher in Sunderland at the time of the allegations.

They were said to have happened with a boy who was not a pupil of hers. She vehemently denies the allegations.

The accuser wrote an accusing email to her school in December 2012 after he came across a web page on which she said her aim was to give young people the best start in life.

That led him to write that she was a “disgusting sexual monster” who had sex with him when he was only 13. The school called in the police and she was suspended from her role at the Durham Federation of Schools, a partnership between Fynedoone Community College in Sacriston and Durham Community Business College in Ushaw Moor.

Mrs Lakey has been widely acclaimed for work as head teacher at Fynedoune, which has been one of one of the country’s most improved schools.


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