Deputy headmaster says sexual fling accusation "is not real"
A DEPUTY headmaster accused of having a sexual fling with a boy at his school has said the whole thing was a fantasy.
Adam Williams, of Cheltenham, admitted sending messages online and by text to the pupil but said that was all that happened.
He has claimed his actions were ordered by the boy who was blackmailing him.
Prosecutors have alleged that Williams and the boy, who was 16, were involved in a sexual relationship and met secretly on a number of occasions, in school and in Williams' car.
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Married Williams, 35, flatly denies the allegations.
Under cross-examination about some of the text messages he exchanged with the boy, Williams said: "None of this is real."
He said they played out a fantasy, but no physical relations occurred.
Jurors at Oxford Crown Court previously heard that the pair met on application Grindr; the boy claimed to be an older man, using a fake name but a genuine profile picture.
The boy said that as well as exchanging messages in various forms, they began a physical relationship at the school, in Oxfordshire, where Williams was head of the sixth form.
At one stage, he alleged, they were nearly caught.
Prosecutors retrieved huge numbers of texts and other messages between the two of them, implying sexual attraction, but the defence claimed the boy's account was made up.
Williams, of Ruardean Walk, Oakley, denies seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust and one of encouraging or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust.
In his closing address to the jury, prosecutor Christopher May said: "The crown submits that Adam Williams set out to meet somebody, not suggesting he set out to meet a schoolboy, but when he knew it was a schoolboy he could have stopped. But he didn't."
Edmund Vickers, defending, suggested that all manner of otherwise normal people did extraordinary things, adding: "That doesn't mean that they are actively seeking a physical relationship with someone else. Quite often just the thrill of the conversation, the danger, is enough."
He asked why the boy did not share the intimate details with friends if they were true.
He also questioned how the two could have done what was alleged without anybody else finding out.
Judge Julian Hall is expected to today sum up the facts of the case before sending the jury out to consider their verdicts.