Jury fails to reach verdict on teacher accused of sex offences

The jury has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the trial of headteacher Anne Lakey, from Stanley, who was accused of sex offences against a teenage boy.

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Anne Lakey will face a retrial

A headteacher accused of historic sex offences against a 13-year-old boy is to face a retrial. It is alleged that Anne Lakey, 54, had sex with the boy in the late 1980s while she was a teacher at a school in Sunderland. The complaint was over a pupil at a different school.

Anne Lakey, from Stanley, has already been on trial for the alleged offences. But the jury was discharged on their third day of deliberations at Durham Crown Court on July 4 after failing to reach a verdict on four counts of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.

She denied the charges but the Crown Prosecution Service have now formally announced thatthey will seek a retrial.Lakey, who was present at the short hearing, was given bail and ordered to return to Durham Crown Court on January 19.

CPS to decide whether to seek retrial of headteacher

A jury at the trial of a headteacher accused of sex offences against a 13-year-old boy has failed to reach a verdict.

Anne Lakey, 54, was accused of six counts of indecency and indecent assault relating to incidents that are alleged to have taken place in the late 1980s.

But the jury of five men and six women failed to reach a verdict on their third day of deliberations at Durham Crown Court.

They were discharged by Judge Christopher Prince, bringing the eight-day trial to an end.

The Crown Prosecution Service is yet to decide if it will seek a retrial.

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Headteacher brands sexual offence allegations as "outrageous"

A County Durham head teacher accused of sexual offences against a teenage boy told police the allegations were "outrageous."

Anne Lakey, 54, is charged with nine sexual offences against a young teenager in the late 1980s.

In court part of her police interview was read out to the jury, in which she denied having any sexual relationship with the alleged victim. She was also described by a colleague as well respected and a visionary leader who had turned round a failing County Durham school.

Ms Lakey denies all the charges, none which relate to any of her former pupils. The trial will continue on Monday.

Trial hears teacher "had sex with teenager for months"

The trial of a headteacher from County Durham on sex offences has heard from the alleged victim, who says she regularly had sex with him when he was aged 13 and 14.

Anne Lakey, from Stanley, denies nine offences against the boy, who was not her pupil, during the late 1980s while she was a teacher.

Anne Lakey, 54, leaves Durham Crown Court during the trial, which is ongoing

Durham Crown Court has heard that Lakey would have sex with the boy over a period of months when he was supposed to be at school and she was supposed to be at work.

The alleged victim said he had been the one to end it, after feeling he did not want it to carry on. He said he lost his temper after she told him he could not go and could not tell anyone. He pushed his way past her and left.

He told the jury that only as an adult did he realise it was wrong.

The trial at Durham Crown Court continues.

Trial begins of headteacher accused of sex offences

Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The trial has begun of a County Durham headteacher, accused of sexual offences against a teenage boy.

54 year old Anne Lakey was described at Durham Crown Court as 'the ultimate corrupting influence'.

The defendant denies four counts of indecency with a child under 14 and five counts of indecent assault against a child under 16 in the late 1980s.

The court heard that at the time of the alleged offences, Ms Lakey was a married teacher. The charges relate to the same alleged victim, who is not a former pupil.

Durham Crown Court heard how her 'proactive grooming' of the complainant had led to an 'exploitative sexual relationship'.

The trial is continuing.

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Headteacher described in court as a "sexual predator"

The trial has begun in County Durham of a headteacher described in court as a "sexual predator".

Anne Lakey, 54, denies nine sexual offences against a teenage boy in the late 1980s. The charges are alleged to have taken place when Ms Lakey was a teacher, though they do not relate to a former pupil.

Anne Lakey denies nine charges and the trial at Durham Crown Court continues Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Durham Crown Court was told her "proactive grooming" led to an "exploitative sexual relationship". The trial is continuing.

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