Durham head teacher sentenced for historic sex offences


An acclaimed Durham teacher has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment today after being found guilty of sexual offences against two teenage boys during the 1980s.

Anne Lakey, 55, was found guilty after trial at Teesside Crown Court of 13 counts of indecent assault against two boys who were each under the age of 16 at the time of the offences. Lakey was previously tried for offences against one boy last year, with jurors unable to reach a verdict. When a second victim came forward, a retrial was ordered and further charges added to the indictment.

John Dilworth, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS, said: "I would like to praise the bravery of the two victims in this case, who have been instrumental in helping us to build a robust case against Anne Lakey.

"Mrs Lakey manipulated the youthful naivety of both of these young men for her own sexual gratification. By persisting with her denial of guilt throughout both the investigation and prosecution of this case, she has prolonged the process for both victims.

"I appreciate that this outcome will involve mixed emotions for the two victims of Mrs Lakeys actions but I would hope that the sentence passed upon her today brings a measure of closure for both of them.

"I hope that this case provides further reassurance to anyone who has been a victim of sexual offences, no matter how much time may have passed, that police and prosecutors will continue to work together to bring those responsible to justice."

Anne Lakey was sentenced to four years each for 4 counts of indecent assault against one victim and 2 years for two further counts against the same victim, all to run concurrently. She was also sentenced to 4 years each for 7 counts of indecent assault against the second victim, again to run concurrently with each other. The total sentences against each victim are to run consecutively, bringing the total to 8 years.