‘Valentine warning’ for teacher on trial

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THE trial of a teacher accused of encouraging two pupils to have sex in his car heard he had also been warned after sending another pupil a Valentine’s card.

William Drury, 48, of Chester Road, Halifax, 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.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court previously heard Drury, a drama and English teacher at a Leeds school, allegedly encouraged a girl, 16, and boy, 17, to have sex in his car after driving them home from a meal at his house.

On Friday, the court heard married Drury had received an informal warning after a complaint was made in March 2008 over a Valentine’s card he sent a pupil via Facebook.

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

The trial had previously heard the 17-year-old boy describe how he felt “absolutely horrible, just so disgusted” after Drury encouraged the pair to have sex.

The proseuction has claimed Drury told the girl he loved her on a number of occasions.

The court also heard claims that Drury had made indecent images of three girls and another pupil had spotted pictures of schoolgirls on his computer and reported him to the authorities.

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