Married music teacher had drunken sex with two 17-year-old boys from school choir after taking them home
The authorities were informed of the illicit affair after the student went and told a counselor about the incident
A hearing in the UK heard on November 14 that a married music teacher from a school had sexual intercourse while drunk with two 17-year-old boys in her choir. 34-year-old Laurie Softley had sex with the first student in 2008 after she took him to a pub to get some drinks and then drove him back to her house where she stripped in front of him and then invited him to her bedroom. The case was referred to the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children's Board after the authorities interviewed Softley but no prosecutions were made.
The Daily Mail reported that the student, whom Softley is said to have taught the recorder, told the disciplinary hearing that took place in Coventry: "She poured us both wine. At some point, we kissed. We continued to kiss and took off our tops. We went upstairs to her bedroom. Miss Softley took a condom from her bedside table drawer and we had sex."
The Sun reported that Softley made another similar move with a different student in 2012. The former student, who is now 23-years-old, told the publication: "She took her shirt off. I saw her topless. I believe she took off her trousers because I performed a sex act on her." The authorities were informed of the illicit affair after the student went and told a counselor about the incident. Softley denied that she was in a 2012 relationship with her former student in February this year.
The music teacher was immediately fired from her duties at The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Derbyshire, in September this year. The hearing that took place on November 14 found the 34-year-old guilty of gross misconduct.
James McNamara, the headteacher, wrote in a letter that was sent to all the parents: "We are aware that this incident may have caused shock to members of our school community and have informed parents of the outcome of this case. Any parents who have any concerns are urged to contact me personally." A spokesperson for the school also confirmed that two sixth-form students were involved in an "inappropriate sexual contact took place outside of school hours and off the school site".
A spokesperson for the Derbyshire police said in a statement: "A teacher from Ecclesbourne School was interviewed by Derbyshire police in March 2017 following allegations of having sex with a child. No prosecutions were made and the case was referred to the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children's Board."