Andrew Howard, suspended head of Velmead Junior School, denies two counts of sexual activity with a child
A junior school headteacher kissed a teenage boy on the neck and told him he loved him, a court has heard.
Andrew Howard, 46, is also alleged to have fondled the boy on the thigh and groin, a jury at Winchester Crown Court was told this week.
Howard, currently suspended as head of Velmead Junior School in Fleet, denies two counts of sexual activity with a child.
The alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has never been a pupil of Howard’s.
At the opening of the trial on September 24, a jury of five men and seven women was shown a DVD of a police interview with the teenager, recorded last November.
Referring to a night in late-2010, the boy said Howard had told him he wanted an important chat.
The teenager, who was 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged incidents, told police: “He said he was gay and in a relationship with a guy called Ian from Southampton for the last few years.
“He said he was attracted to me and was prepared to give me more money if the relationship between me and him changed.
“He said because he was not with Ian any more, he wanted to hug me and kiss me.”
The boy said Howard told him not to tell his parents.
“That was the first time he told me he was gay,” said the boy, who added Howard told him: “Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump on you.”
The offences are alleged to have taken place between January 1 2010 and June 26 2011, and between January 1 2010 and December 31 2010.
The teenager said Howard discussed giving him £150, £200 or £400 a month but he responded to say he did not want to talk about it.
The boy said Howard would regularly rest his left hand on his thigh in the car and stroke it before he touched the boy’s ‘private bits’. The boy claimed Howard would move his knee into his ‘private bits’ and kiss his neck.
The boy said Howard started to say he loved him and wanted him to say it back.
“It had to be like I meant it,” he added.
“Only when I said ‘I love you too’ would he let me go.”
Matthew Jewell, prosecuting, said Howard also touched the child at his two-bedroom home in Mulberry Way, Chineham, Basingstoke during what he called ‘sofa time’.
When interviewed by police, Howard ‘absolutely denied’ the allegations against him.
As a result of the claims, he did not return to Velmead School after the Easter break and Sue Runciman is now acting headteacher.
The trial continues.
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