Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Truth in Teen Sex Claims, Says Teacher; Rape Accused Tells Jury Alleged Victim Had Been Blackmailing Him and Asked for PS200k

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Truth in Teen Sex Claims, Says Teacher; Rape Accused Tells Jury Alleged Victim Had Been Blackmailing Him and Asked for PS200k

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A TEACHER accused of raping and sexually abusing a 15-year-old pupil more than two decades ago has denied the allegations.

Malcolm Nicholson told a jury that he had never had any sexual contact with the alleged victim and said she had been blackmailing him for money.

He said he had been "foolish" to hand over PS8,000 to her after she allegedly asked for PS200,000 but he felt threatened.

Nicholson, 46, who was a science teacher in Merseyside at the time of the alleged offences, now lives in Morton Carr Lane, Nunthorpe.

He told a jury that her claims that he had taken her to his home in Allerton and also to his parents' home in Middlesbrough while they were away were untrue.

His accuser, who is now in her thirties, has told how she made the allegations after news reports on the crimes of paedophile Jimmy Saville.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that she contacted the defendant and he made an initial payment of PS8,000 to buy her silence but the woman and her husband burned the cash and later went to the police.

Nicholson, who denies two charges involving rape and indecent assault, told the jury that with hindsight he realised he had been "too matey" with the children he taught at the school and had sometimes given some of them lifts home, possibly including the alleged victim. He said that he left the school in 1995 and went on to teach at international schools in the Bahamas and Thailand, where he became a viceprincipal in 2003.

He met his wife while there and they went on to have two children.

He was living and working at The Hague in the Netherlands when the woman first contacted him on Twitter and later by text message saying her life was rubbish because of him.

He said he was really worried and thought he must have given her bad advice and he regarded the texts as "threats."

Nicholson said that she wanted him to pay for what he had done and said that she would go to the police unless he came up with an alternative solution.

She asked for PS200,000 within a week, he claimed.

He explained that if her claims came out he would lose his job with the prestigious IBO educational organisation whose ethos is to make the world a better place through education. …

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