Driving instructor denies ‘hugging, kissing, and inappropriately touching’ female pupils

News from the courts ANL-171019-151707001
News from the courts ANL-171019-151707001

A driving instructor hugged, kissed and inappropriately touched female pupils as he was teaching them to drive, a jury was told during a trial today (Monday).

Keith Warner, 61, who runs a driving school based in the Boston area, denies sexually assaulting five female students

David Lee, prosecuting, told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that an investigation started after a 17-year-old girl quit with him after just four lessons and contacted police about his behaviour.

Mr Lee said: “During one lesson he leaned over and began to hug her without any warning. He told her to hug him back. She did so.

“Thereafter he moved as if he was going to kiss her. She moved her head and he managed to kiss her on the cheek. It was meant to be on the lips.

“Kissing happened on other occasions. Once while driving he took her arm and kissed it right up to her shoulder.

“All of this behaviour took place against the back-drop of what she realised was sexualised conversation.

“It put her off further driving lessons with male instructors.”

Mr Lee said: “The defendant runs a driving school which is based in Boston. Its a job he has done for many years.

“Over time he has taught many pupils both male and female seemingly without any complaint.

“But in December 2016 the police pursued a report of inappropriate touching and comments towards a young woman whom he had instructed.

“The police alerted an investigator at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. There were other women who came forward making similar complaints.”

When questioned by police Warner denied any inappropriate behaviour.

Mr Lee said “He said he was tactile. He denied touching any of these pupils inappropriately of sexually.

“He said he was trying to put them at ease or reassuring them and encouraging them.”

Keith Warner, 61, of Outgate, Leverton, near Boston, denies 11 charges of sexual assault involving five female pupils. The offences are alleged to have occurred over a period between January 5, 2015, and April 25, 2017.

The trial continues.