Does disgraced head jailed for sex with under-age boys have more victims?

Detective Inspector Aelf Sampson says Anne Lakey may have sexually exploited other victims.
Detective Inspector Aelf Sampson says Anne Lakey may have sexually exploited other victims.
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There could be more victims of a “dirty pervert” headteacher who has been jailed for eight years for having underage sex with two boys in the 1980s, police have said.

Disgraced Anne Lakey, 55, from Stanley, County Durham, had won national acclaim for improving schools but her successful career hid a sordid past.

Former Sunderland teacher Anne Lakey, who has been jailed for eight years for sex offences against boys.

Former Sunderland teacher Anne Lakey, who has been jailed for eight years for sex offences against boys.

She took the virginity of two boys, one aged 13 or 14 and the other aged 15, when she was in her late 20s, working as a history and RE teacher in Sunderland.

Judge Howard Crowson today jailed her for eight years for the gross breach of trust after she was convicted at Teesside Crown Court of 13 counts of indecent assault.

She mouthed “I love you” to her father, husband David and daughter who were in the public gallery as she was led away.

One of the victims branded her in his statement as a “dirty pervert”, adding: “As a kid I thought it was great what was happening, but now I see it for what it was - wrong.”

Throughout the investigation we have been aware that there may be other people involved in this inquiry who may come forward as victims, and we would like them to make the approach to us.

Detective Inspector Aelf Sampson

The other victim said: “I realise I was a victim of sexual exploitation and I feel a sense of shame that I allowed myself to be in that position.”

Outside court, Detective Inspector Aelf Sampson said: “Throughout the investigation we have been aware that there may be other people involved in this inquiry who may come forward as victims, and we would like them to make the approach to us.”

Speaking about the two victims, she said: “At the time they may have thought it was fine, but over the years they have come to realise how very, very wrong it actually is, and it’s been very tough for them come forward and brave of them to give evidence.

“They’ve seen her have a successful glittering career, they’ve seen her be praised by government around her position which was described as inspirational, and I think that did make it harder for them to come forward.”

Ironically, her success “spurred on” the first victim to make his allegation, the detective said, “seeing her be so successful and thinking ‘this isn’t right’”.

Lakey’s climb up the career ladder saw her reach the position of chief executive of the Durham Federation, in charge of two secondary schools.

She was a national leader in education, lauded for improving pupils’ exam performance.