My life’s in ruins*, says teacher cleared* of having hotel sex romps with 17-year-old pupil
00:03am on 4th October 2007
Cleared*: Teacher Andrew Riley outside court yesterday
A teacher who was cleared of having cocaine-fuelled sex with a pupil has told how his life had been ruined by his teenage accuser.
Andrew Riley, 36, said his marriage and his career were left in tatters after the girl claimed the pair enjoyed a series of liaisons in hotels.
He told the jury that although he had stayed in hotels with her and admitted that their relationship made him feel wanted, there had been no sex.
The 17-year-old, who suffered from low self-esteem and had problems at home, struck up a close friendship with the handsome PE teacher after he took her under his wing.
But he and the girl began to exchange Internet messages detailing their fantasies and sexual experiences.
When the girl went to university Mr Riley decided to end the relationship but she was furious and reported him to police.
Yesterday the married father of two was found not guilty at Preston Crown Court of two counts of abuse of trust by having sex with a person under 18 and not guilty of a charge of offering to supply cocaine*.
Putting aside that this teacher has been bloody stupid in the way that he related to this young woman, the fact is that she has made accusations against him that have been proven by the jury at his trial to be false. He has clearly been exonerated and my commentator Mark L would have us believe that now that the teacher has been vindicated by the jury that his life will happily return to normal. Some how I don’t think that Andrew Ridley’s life will ever be the same again.
Does this example help Mark understand just why I think that false accusations of sexual impropriety, or rape, should be seen for the life destroying crimes that they so clearly are?
I hope so.
*emphasis added to quote