Teacher who had sex with pupils jailed

Christopher Blake
Christopher Blake

A TEACHER at Hesketh Fletcher High School in Atherton has been jailed for child sex offences.

Christopher Drake, 29, Ellesmere Road, Monton, admitted two counts of sexual activity in a position of trust, 18 counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of taking indecent photographs of children and five counts of possessing indecent images.

Today he was sentenced to six years in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Deputy Head Drake sexually abused three girls aged between 14 and 16.

He was arrested in his apartment block in the early hours of Sunday, February 14 2010, following reports of a disturbance.

Detective Chief Inspector, Bill McGreavy, said: “As a teacher, Drake was a role-model to young people and held a position of trust.

“He breached the faith placed in him by the school, pupils and their parents in the most appalling way.

“There are no excuses whatsoever for his actions and I hope his victims and their families can move forward with their lives and try and put these events behind them now that he has been sentenced.

“Greater Manchester Police, the school, the governors and local education authority worked together fantastically and our partnership was a true example of helping in the safeguarding of children.”