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No victim, no crime?

November 16, 2006
You may have read this story about a female teacher who was accused of having sexual relations with one of her pupils.

The teacher concerned has been found not guilty.

During the trial, evidence was introduced that the boy in question had filmed the teacher performing oral sex on him in a classroom. (For those of you non-police readers, oral sex is usually described as a “sex act” or “lewd act” in the papers. We all know what they mean, so why can’t they just come out with it?)

Anyway, the jury accepted the teacher’s explanation that she performed the act due to the fact that the boy was holding a screwdriver to the back of her head. Something that couldn’t be seen on the mobile phone video footage that the boy’s parents saw and ran to the police with.

Now, thanks to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, someone who forces their penis into another person’s mouth is committing rape. The teacher has decided that she does not want to take the matter further and has not made a complaint.

The CPS have said “that as Mrs Poole had not made a formal complaint about the incident they had not pursued a prosecution against the teenager.

Now I’m sure that Mrs Poole has her reasons, but I can’t help but wonder why the CPS are being so reluctant to proceed. In other cases, the CPS would proceed without the support of the victim. I just wonder why they feel disinclined to do so in this instance?

As an aside, I hope that the local constabulary have recorded this as a crime. They should you know, the rules say so.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 20, 2006 23:32

    It will have to be on the log first!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 22, 2006 14:03

    CPS are reluctant to proceed because the woman didn’t bring the screwdriver evidence to notice early enough.

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