Teacher "groomed and had sex with underage boy," court told

Respected County Durham teacher Anne Lakey groomed and had sex with an underage boy, a trial jury was told

Anne Lakey leaving Durham Crown Court
Anne Lakey leaving Durham Crown Court

A respected County Durham teacher groomed an underage boy before having a sexual relationship with him, a court heard.

Anne Lakey, 54, of Oxhill Villas in Stanley, engaged in a number of sexual acts with the boy when he was 13 and 14, including having sex with him, Durham Crown Court was told yesterday.

The alleged offences took place in the late 1980s when she was a teacher living in Stanley. Lakey denies nine charges relating to a boy under the age of sixteen, dating from April 1988 to May 1989, including inciting him to commit acts of gross indecency, gross indecency and indecent assault.

At the start of her trial, prosecutor Caroline Goodwin outlined: “In the late ‘80s, the boy was repeatedly sexually assaulted by this defendant. He was approximately 13 or 14 years old at the time.

“These repeated sexual assaults culminated in this defendant having sexual intercourse with him. This was say the crown a gross breach of trust.

“It was predatory behaviour exacerbated by the fact that she was indeed a person of responsibility.”

Judge Christopher Prince and a jury heard how the alleged victim, who was not a pupil of Lakey, would visit the home she shared with her husband, with a group of youths.

Eventually, Miss Goodwin explained, he began to visit alone.

The court was told how on one occasion Lakey, who was in her late twenties, suggested the pair play a game of dares and that this resulted in her allowing him to expose and fondle her breast.

The prosecutor also explained how the boy would visit while Lakey was in the bath and that on one occasion she allowed him to see her in the bath.

Eventually, the court was told, Lakey had sex with the boy at her home, his first experience of intercourse, while he was wearing his school uniform.

The jury heard the pair had sex a number of times and engaged in other sex acts, with the boy visiting her home while Lakey’s husband was out and playing truant from school to do so.

Miss Goodwin also outlined how the defendant had phoned the boy’s school pretending to be his mother.

The trial was told the alleged victim made a complaint against Lakey in 2012 after seeing literature which bore her picture and claimed her “raison d’etre was to give young people the best start in life.”

The court was read an email from the man in which he said: “She was and probably still is a disgusting sexual monster and has had an influence on the way my life has turned out.”

Lakey, head at Durham Community Business College in Ushaw Moor and Fyndoune Community College in Sacriston, was arrested and denied all allegations in interview. The trial continues.


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