Leeds & West Yorkshire

Halifax teacher William Drury watched as pupils had sex

A 48-year-old drama teacher who watched as two pupils had sex on the back seat of his car has been found guilty of a string of sex offences.

Leeds Crown Court was told how the 16-year-old girl and boy, 17, were being driven home by William Drury from his house in Chester Road, Halifax.

The jury heard the married father-of-two was "infatuated" with the girl and told the pair they looked "beautiful".

Adjourning sentencing, the judge said a prison term was "inevitable".

The jury was told Drury had pulled into a lay-by to allow the teenagers to have sex.

Teenagers 'groomed'

Jurors heard he told the girl he loved her and kissed her. He also took photographs of her topless.

He was arrested after pupils saw the pictures on his computer.

Police who examined the computer found several other photographs of students, including one of a girl sunbathing in a bikini and some of a 15-year-old girl in her underwear.

Prosecutors said Drury had been "grooming" the teenage couple who had sex in his car.

He was found guilty of two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust; two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust; and two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

Drury had earlier been found guilty of one count of engaging in sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and six counts of making indecent photos of a child.

He will be sentenced on 31 October.

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