Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Caught out: Salford Stallion slept with three of his pupils

Teacher who called himself the Salford Stallion slept with three of his pupils

By James Tozer
Last updated at 1:24 AM on 5th April 2011
A deputy head teacher who described himself as ‘the Salford Stallion’ was caught having affairs with two pupils at the same time when one called at his home on Valentine’s Day and found him in bed with the other.
Christopher Drake, 29, had begun seeing the girls when both were 14, having sex with them in his office, in the sports hall and even at the parents’ home of one, a court heard yesterday.
The PE master would arrange to meet the girls via text message or over Facebook and film himself having sex with them. Drake also told the girls to take explicit photographs and videos of themselves and send them by Bluetooth to his mobile phone after classes.
Caught out: Teacher Christopher Drake with friends whose faces are obscured to protect their identities
Caught out: Teacher Christopher Drake with friends whose faces are obscured to protect their identities
On one occasion, he was caught having sex with one on school premises but not sacked.
On another, one of the girls performed a sex act on him in a hotel corridor on a school trip.
Eventually one of the girls confronted him with rumours that he was having sex with the other. But he denied this – and said he loved her and wanted to marry her.
 
However, on Valentine’s Day last year he was exposed, after taking one of the girls – then 15 – back to his flat for sex after decorating it with rose petals and arranging bondage equipment in the bedroom.
The other girl, now 16, had gone camping with friends, but the weather was poor and she decided to call round at Drake’s. She arrived at 3.30am and discovered her classmate inside.
She accused him of ‘two-timing’ her and burst out into the corridor screaming and trying to call police, but couldn’t get a signal on her phone.
By the time of his unmasking, pupils had begun circulating rumours about his ‘flirtatious’ behaviour
 
Drake – who had pulled out a knife and threatened to injure himself – put his hand over her mouth and dragged her back inside. But by then neighbours had dialled 999 and he was arrested.
Yesterday a court heard he admitted 25 offences including unlawful sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs.
Drake, who is the son of a local Liberal Democrat councillor, will be sentenced today.
He was hired as a PE teacher at a secondary school in Greater Manchester, which cannot be named for legal reasons, where his good rapport with pupils saw him quickly promoted.
He was made a ‘head of house’ responsible for years seven to 11, and in 2009 became an acting deputy head teacher, Minshull Street Crown Court, in Manchester, was told.
Justice: Manchester Crown Court, where Drake is due to be sentenced
Justice: Manchester Crown Court, where Drake is due to be sentenced
The court heard that ‘Salford Stallion’ was a nickname both Drake and his pupils liked to use for him.
By the time of his unmasking, pupils had begun circulating rumours about his ‘flirtatious’ behaviour towards girls, and last summer after his arrest, a third came forward saying she had previously had sex with him.
She too was 14 when he began giving her lifts home and commenting on her appearance, saying, ‘You look fit today’, or, ‘Your ass looks nice in that’, the court heard.
He obtained her mobile phone number and initially sent anonymous ‘smiley’ faces then messages signed ‘Salford Stallion’.
She was ‘smitten’, and in May 2007, when she was 16, he took her to a friend’s flat and they had sex. The two girls who found out about each other on Valentine’s Day would tell their parents that they were visiting friends, instead going to his flat for sex.
Rose petals were strewn on the floor, as well as furry handcuffs, bondage rope, an eye mask, condoms and Viagra
 
One now describes herself as having been ‘young, na├»ve and clueless’.
There he would film them having sex on his mobile phone, while telling them how to pose and becoming ‘sulky’ if they refused.
On February 14 last year, Drake was at his flat with the second of the rival teenagers. After giving her a card, he cooked her dinner and they had sex.
Rose petals were strewn on the floor, and police found furry handcuffs, bondage rope, an eye mask, condoms and Viagra tablets.
It had been a carefully staged romantic evening, said Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting, but ‘hysterical scenes’ followed when the other girl burst in.
‘He put his hand over her mouth, said, “Shut up, shut up”, and tried to reason with her not to involve police,’ he said. ‘Due to the commotion, police had already become involved.’
When officers arrived, she told them about the affair with Drake, who in turn accused her of blackmailing and assaulting him.
The girl who had been in the flat initially denied the affair, but later admitted it.
Drake has been in custody since, classed as a vulnerable sex offender. His mother Lynn, a LibDem councillor in Salford, declined to comment last night.

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