Thursday 8 December 2016

Principal gets eight years for sex with underage boys

Tom Wilkinson

Published 25/06/2015 | 02:30

A NATIONALLY acclaimed headteacher has been jailed for eight years after she was convicted of taking two underage boys' virginity in the 1980s.

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Anne Lakey (55) from Stanley, County Durham, UK, was once hailed as a visionary for turning around a failing school and making it one of the most improved in the country.

But a jury at Teesside Crown Court convicted her on Tuesday of 13 counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 13 or 14 and one aged 15 after deciding that her professional persona hid a sordid past.

At yesterday's sentencing hearing, Caroline Goodwin, prosecuting, said Lakey's offending was a "gross breach of trust".

She read statements from both victims about what had happened to them.

The younger man said: "As a kid I thought it was great what was happening, but now I see it for what it was - wrong."

Anne Lakey
Anne Lakey

The other 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."

He was angry people thought she was a respectable woman.

"She is supposed to be a great teacher," he said. "What sort of great teacher has sex with a 13-year-old?"

The other victim said: "At the time I didn't realise what I was doing and the consequence of having a sexual relationship with Anne Lakey."

That had a negative impact on this phase of his life, he said, and he felt "robbed" of that time when he should have been "interacting" with girls his age.

Irish Independent

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