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Teacher William Drury jailed after teens had sex in car

William Drury
Image caption Drury was arrested after pupils saw topless photographs of the girl on his computer

A drama teacher who watched as two teenagers had sex on the back seat of his car has been jailed.

A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy had sex in William Drury's car as he drove them home from his house in Chester Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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

Drury, 48, was found guilty of a series of sex offences by a jury at Leeds Crown Court and jailed for three years.

Couple 'groomed'

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and disqualified from working with children.

The jury was told Drury said the teenage couple looked "beautiful" as they had sex in his car and pulled into a lay-by to allow them to continue.

Drury told the court he had come to look upon the boy as a friend and would discuss personal and sexual matters with the teenager.

Jurors heard that the teacher was "infatuated" with the girl.

Drury, a married father-of-two, was arrested after pupils saw the topless photographs of the girl on his computer.

Police who examined the computer also found photographs of female students, including a 15-year-old girl in her underwear.

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

'Eroded those boundaries'

Sentencing Drury, Judge James Spencer QC told him: "You became a teacher, you showed some talent at it but, from start to finish, you used it for your own purposes so you could exploit the children in your care.

"You did not maintain the boundaries which you should have done.

"You eroded those boundaries, you took advantage of their respect for you and what you did was you assaulted the girl, you were familiar with other girls and you encouraged them to behave in a way they weren't ready for.

"It's that breach of trust that makes your case so serious."

Drury 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; two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust; six counts of making indecent photos of a child.

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