Former Sunderland teacher faces sex charges

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A FORMER Sunderland teacher has been charged with indecently assaulting a boy 25 years ago.

Anne Lakey, 54, who once worked as a history teacher on Wearside, was lauded nationally for her work as chief executive of the Durham Federation of Schools after overseeing the biggest improvement in GCSE results in the country.

She has been charged with seven counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16 said to have occurred between July 1989 and May 1990 and will appear before Consett Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, December 18.

Noelle Brockbank, senior crown prosecutor at CPS North East, said: “The decision was made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

Lakey will appear at Consett Magistrates’ Court on December 18.

The Durham Federation of Schools includes Durham Community Business College, in Ushaw Moor, and Fyndoune Community College, in Sacriston, with Fyndoune previously named the country’s most improved secondary after the number of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs, including maths and English, rising from 26 per cent to 80 per cent.