Jury out in trial of Sunderland headteacher accused of having sex with boys

Anne Lakey at Teesside Crown Court.

Anne Lakey at Teesside Crown Court.

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A jury in the trial of an acclaimed headteacher accused of having sex with two underage boys in the 1980s has been sent out to consider verdicts.

Anne Lakey, 55, from Stanley, County Durham, denies 13 counts of indecent assault over a three-year period on a boy aged 13 or 14, and another boy aged 15.

The younger complainant told Teesside Crown Court that Lakey, who was married and taught history and RE in Sunderland, had sex with him after allowing him to watch her bathe at her home.

The older complainant said she took his virginity in a tent after she encouraged him to creep over in the middle of the night.

Both claim they had continued, separate, sexual relations with her.

Lakey, who is suspended from her role as chief executive of two secondary schools, is a national leader in education and has been praised for her leadership. She denied ever having underage sex.

She admitted she did have sex with the older boy when he was 18, she told the jury.

She told them she was “devastated” when the younger complainant sent her school an accusing email in 2012 which triggered her suspension and the police investigation.

The jury was sent home yesterday and will resume its deliberations on Monday.