Leeds & West Yorkshire

Teacher Stephen Bowers denies raping 15-year-old girl

A teacher has denied raping a 15-year-old student and having a sexual relationship with her.

Stephen Bowers, 36, of Ackworth, West Yorkshire, has denied rape and three charges of sexual activity with a child.

Leeds Crown Court was told the married father-of-two began a relationship with the girl while she was at school.

The girl, who cannot be named, said the English teacher began the relationship after reading her diary.

No 'sexual activity'

Mr Bowers was said to have kissed the girl in a store cupboard which later led to them meeting out of school and having sex.

But, giving evidence, he told defence barrister Nick Barker that he had never had sexual intercourse with the girl or had "any sexual activity".

Mr Bowers denied ever seeing or reading the girl's diary and said he had never arranged to meet her outside school.

He said the girl was among a group who would hang around in his classroom with him during breaks listening to music and discussing films, music and books.

He admitted he did eventually find out she had a crush on him when she asked him if he thought they would ever go out together.

Mr Bowers told the court about an incident when the girl punched him and he said it was because she may have heard he was having a relationship with a member of staff.

The trial continues.

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