Leeds & West Yorkshire

Stephen Bowers cleared of raping 15-year-old student

A teacher accused of rape and other sex offences against a 15-year-old student has been cleared of all charges.

Stephen Bowers, 36, of Ackworth, Pontefract, was accused of starting a relationship with the girl, a pupil at a West Yorkshire school.

He was charged with one count of rape and three counts of sexual activity with a child, all of which he denied.

Mr Bowers left the dock gasping for air and visibly shaken after Leeds Crown Court jurors returned their verdict.

During his trial, Mr Bowers told the court he had never had a sexual relationship with the girl, who cannot be named.

The married father-of-two rejected the claim he had forced the teenager to have sex against her will.

Mr Bowers told jurors the girl was part of a group of a pupils who would spend time with him in his classroom during breaks, listening to music and discussing films, music and books.

He said he found out she had a crush on him, but denied ever seeing the student outside the school.

The girl claimed the events had taken place several years ago.

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