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Headteacher groped teenager, court hears
A HEADTEACHER from Basingstoke accused of sexually touching a teenager gave him cash and tickets to sporting events, a court has heard.
Andrew Howard, of Mulberry Way, Chineham, denies two counts of sexually touching the teenager on his upper thigh and groin on multiple occasions between 2010 and 2011 - when the boy was under 16.
Opening the trial today at Winchester Crown Court, Matthew Jewell, prosecuting, said the teenager knew Howard, but was not a pupil at Velmead Junior School, in Fleet, where the 46-year-old was headteacher when the offence came to light at the end of 2011.
He said: “The complainant was to describe to the police when they were in the car together, and Andrew Howard would touch his private parts over his clothing.”
He added that similar fondling would take place on a sofa, which he said Howard called “sofa time”.
The jury was also shown a video of a police interview with the teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
He said he felt uncomfortable with the amount of money Howard spent on him, buying him tickets to see cricket, football and tennis matches, as well as meals out.
The teenager said Howard spoke to him, after the fondling incidents had occurred, and told him that he wanted their relationship to become more serious.
The teenager said: “He said he was attracted to me and was prepared to give me more money if the relationship between me and him changed. He also said he did not want me to tell my parents.”
He said he did not accept his offer of more cash and soon after made a complaint to the police about Howard.
The trial, which is expected to last five days, continues.