Sex case teacher off to jail

21 September 2011  ..........  William Drury leaves Leeds Crown Court
21 September 2011 .......... William Drury leaves Leeds Crown Court

A TEACHER who groped a 16-year-old pupil and encouraged her to have sex with a 17-year-old boy in the back of his car is in jail today.

William Drury, of Chester Road, Boothtown, showed no emotion as he was led from the dock yesterday after a jury unanimously found him guilty of 13 sex charges.

The 48-year-old was remanded in custody after the jury convicted him of two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity - all crimes because he was a person in a position of trust.

On Wednesday, jurors also found the English and drama teacher guilty of running his hand up the schoolgirl’s thigh and making six indecent images of her and two of her fellow pupils.

They cleared him of causing the girl to perform a sex act on the boy in a store cupboard at their Leeds school.

Drury, known as Ben, will be sentenced on October 31, when Judge James Stewart QC warned him prison was inevitable.

Drury’s trial at Leeds Crown Court had earlier heard how he became particularly close to the 17-year-old boy and set him up with two girls, encouraging him to start sexual relationships with them.

The boy told police he said: “She’d be good, she’d be filthy.”

In his interview with officers, which jurors requested to watch again yesterday as well as the girl’s, the boy told how he had been “enraptured” by his teacher.

But his behaviour soon took a more sinister turn, as he began asking for photos and videos of the boy’s conquests.

One night after having him and his girlfriend round for dinner, he encouraged them to have sex in the backseat of his car as he drove them home.

The young couple obliged in what they described as a “joke” at first, but told how they soon began to feel disgusted.

The boy said: “He was a very intimidating figure watching you, kind of silently urging you on.”

He was suspended, then arrested in September 2008 and charged last year.

Drury, who has no previous convictions and who was described by those who know him as “honest and straight-forward”, denied any wrong-doing.

Judge Spencer QC rejected an application for bail from his barrister.

He said: “This man has now been convicted of serious sexual offences. It seems to me a prison sentence is inevitable.”

Speaking after the hearing, Pauline McCullagh, of the Crown Prosecution Service’s rape and serious sexual offences unit, said: “He abused his position as a teacher for the purposes of sexually exploiting his pupils and it is difficult to imagine a worse case of abuse of trust by someone in a position of responsibility.”