Sex case teacher was warned after sending a Valentine

William Drury.
William Drury.
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A teacher on trial accused of encouraging a boy and girl into having sex in his car had been warned about his conduct after sending a different girl a Valentine’s card via Facebook, a jury heard.

William Drury, 48, of Chester Road, Halifax, is on trial where he denies two charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust; five charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust; one charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and six charges of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Prosecutors claim the incident between the boy and girl happened as Drury drove the teenagers home after a meal at his house.

Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday Drury had received an informal warning after a complaint was made in March 2008 over the Facebook contact with a pupil.

Giving evidence, the school’s headteacher said that there was also an incident when he said he wanted to be her boyfriend and he was jealous that the girl was seeing someone.

The trial has already heard the boy describe how Drury stopped his car at Otley Chevin and encouraged them to have sex.

Asked by the officer how he felt after the incident, he replied: “Absolutely horrible. Just so disgusted.”

The court has heard Drury encouraged the pair to get together before quizzing them about their sex life together. It is claimed Drury told the girl he loved her on a number of occasions.

The girl told the jury Drury had manipulated her and said she was “under his spell”.


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