Lancashire

Blackburn primary school teacher on 'feet sniffing' sex charges

A Blackburn primary school teacher has been charged with sexual offences for allegedly smelling and tickling young boys' feet.

Martyne Airey, 51, from Blackburn, is facing 13 counts of non-penetrative sexual activity with boys under 13 from June 2012 to October 2013.

Mr Airey, of Parkinson Street, has been suspended from the Blackburn school while investigations are ongoing.

He was bailed to appear at Blackburn Magistrates' Court on 22 April.

The alleged victims are aged between eight and 11, police said.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "Martyne Airey, 51, of Parkinson Street, Blackburn has been charged with 13 counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boys under 13 contrary to the Sexual Offence Act 2003.

"Offences alleged [are] between June 2012 and October 2013."

Councillor Dave Harling, executive member for Schools and Education at Blackburn with Darwen Council, added: "Due to the ongoing legal process, we are unable to comment at this time."

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