Teacher denies pupil sex claims

Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A married religious studies teacher accused of having sex with a teenage pupil today insisted the illicit affair “did not happen”.

Stuart Kerner, 44, is accused of having sex with the teenager in empty classrooms and cleaning cupboards all over their school during an 18-month affair.

And Kerner allegedly even drove the teenager to his marital home for an all-day sex session.

His alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons but is a former student at Bexleyheath Academy in south east London, was 15 when the affair is said to have begun.

Kerner told Inner London Crown Court the affair never happened and he was shocked at his arrest.

Asked by defence lawyer Edward Ellis if he took the student back to his home to have sex, Kerner said: “No I didn’t.”

Mr Ellis added: “Did you have sex with her that day? “

Kerner replied: “No I didn’t.”

Mr Ellis asked: “At no stage did you take her back to your house?”

Kerner replied: “No.”

The teacher admitted that he stuck his tongue out at pupils, but insisted this was not sexual.

He said: “I stuck my tongue out and blew raspberries at students and staff all the time.”

Kerner said he was shocked when police searched his home in January 2013 and then took him back to the station to quiz him over the allegations.

Kerner, who wore a smart black suit as he gave evidence, said: “I was taken to the police station, it was a new experience to say the least.”

Asked how he felt, Kerner said: “It was like ‘What the hell?’.”

He said he was left shaken by his arrest and long police interviews.

He said: “I couldn’t remember my own name by that stage because I had been interviewed for quite a long time and I had just two and a half hours sleep and I had been locked up and searched.

“I had had quite a day.”

Kerner, from Aylesford, Kent, denies two counts of sexual activity with a child and six counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

The trial continues.

Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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