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Police 'told of teacher Stuart Kerner's affair with girl'

Friends of a girl who allegedly had sex with her school vice principal told police of the affair but were told nothing could be done, a court heard.

The girl, 15, told her friends of the alleged affair with Stuart Kerner.

The friends went to the police but were told officers could only investigate if the schoolgirl herself complained, Inner London Crown Court heard.

Mr Kerner, 44 and a Bexleyheath Academy teacher, denies denies two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The defendant, from Aylesford, Kent, also denies six counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

'Feared danger'

The court heard the teacher allegedly had sex with the girl, who cannot be named, in school cupboards and offices.

Her friends decided to go to the police because they feared for her.

One friend told the jury: "We felt she might be in danger or he might do it to someone else after we left.

"We were told by police there was nothing they could do. We thought, if they can't do anything no one else can help us."

They decided not to go to the south-east London school's other teachers because they "did not think they would take it seriously because the police didn't".

The police eventually intervened once a relative of the girl reported it.

'Pupil obsessed'

The court heard the pupil had a schoolgirl "crush" on Mr Kerner, who is said to have confided in her about his wife and children.

His personal assistant Vanessa Morrison said the pupil was "obsessed" with him and was "secretive".

"She followed him around and wanted to find out where he was," jurors were told.

"Other than stalking him around the building, she would follow him around."

Mrs Morrison said she was "concerned" about this behaviour and talked to other support staff about it, but did not think it was her place to tell senior teachers.

The trial continues.

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