Court hears teacher sent pupil inappropriate pictures
INAPPROPRIATE pictures were sent from a deputy headmaster to a boy pupil, a court has heard.
The message from Adam Williams was sent after the teacher began contacting his pupil through a gay website, used to arrange casual sexual encounters.
But he claimed he did not realise the identity of the other user until much later.
Once he realised it was a student, he claimed he tried to end the contact but was then blackmailed by the boy.
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Prosecutor Christopher May told jurors at Oxford Crown Court the two had met on communication app Grindr.
The boy had lied about his identity and age but had used genuine pictures of himself and prosecutors claim it was not long before both parties knew who the other was. They exchanged thousands of online chat and phone text messages. Mr May said there were seven sexual encounters between the pair.
However, the educator denied having a sexual relationship with the teenager but claimed threats were made on the Grindr website.
Williams said: "He came into my office and we had a conversation about what was going on about the exchange of text messages and I explained to him it was not appropriate and I didn't want to continue with this."
Williams, of Ruardean Walk, Cheltenham, denies seven charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust and one count of encouraging or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust. The trial continues.