Alleged teenage victim tells court of sex sessions with Sunderland school teacher

Anne Lakey pictured leaving Consett Magistrates Court.
Anne Lakey pictured leaving Consett Magistrates Court.
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A TEACHER at a Sunderland school groomed a 13-year-old boy for sex, a court heard.

Anne Lakey, formerly Anne Toland, was a history teacher at Sandhill View School at the time of the alleged offences in the late 1980s.

Durham Crown Court heard the boy was never a pupil of Lakey, but used to visit her home.

The first visits were made with other boys.

Later, the alleged victim visited Lakey on his own and while her husband was away at work.

“We used to talk about lots of things,” he said. “The talk then became more sexual.”

The court heard Lakey encouraged the boy to take part in a sex act.

He said: “She didn’t try to stop me, but I didn’t know what I was doing.

“I was nervous and excited at the same time.”

The jury heard how Lakey allowed the alleged victim to watch her in the bath on several occasions.

After one of the baths, he followed her into her bedroom where she initiated sex, the jury was told.

The alleged victim told a few people at the time about what had happened, but did not make a formal complaint until December, 2012.

By this time Lakey was chief executive of the Durham Federation of Schools, which is made up of two schools in Sacriston and Ushaw Moor.

Lakey, 54, of Oxhill Villas, Stanley, denies five charges of indecent assault, and four charges of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

When interviewed by police, Lakey said she remembered the boy as ‘grubby, unkempt and generally obnoxious’, and she said the allegations against her were fantasy.