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