Fiona Carrier is accused of having sex with a schoolboy from Blue Coats School in Reading in the 1990s when she was a piano teacher, but denies several counts of indecent assault
A piano teacher at a £6,500 a term private school had sex with a teenage pupil after telling him he would not regret learning from a “real woman,” a court heard.
Fiona Carrier, now 61, was said to have had sex with the young teen at her home in the 1990s after plying him with alcohol and food.
Prosecutor James Keeley said the complainant was in his early teens when he began taking piano lessons from Carrier, then known as Wiggins, at Blue Coats School in Reading.
Oxford Crown Court heard how she kissed him during their first lesson and Carrier spoke about sexual matters.
The jury was told the pair were said to have had sex eight times.
The defendant denies multiple counts of indecent assault.
She denies the allegations
Mr Keeley said: “Lessons then progressed and were held at the defendant’s home and when [he] was there, what the defendant would do [was] she would give him alcohol with an accompanying meal before forcing sexual interaction with him, ending up with [sex] in her bedroom and this happened on about eight occasions.
“Certainly he was an unwilling participant. He uses language, saying he thought he was being raped and after suffering and trying to come to terms with the consequences of this abuse for many years, eventually he decided to go to the police and tell them what had gone on.”
“It was on the first lesson with the defendant that things became sexual. This was the first time they kissed.”
It was alleged Carrier “pinned” the boy down and ‘encouraged’ him to touch her.
She allegedly told him: “You’ll not regret this, learning from a real woman.”
The jurors were told Carrier was interviewed by detectives after the complainant – now a grown man – approached the police.
She claims the boy kissed her first and she ‘didn’t see that coming’ but had returned the kiss.
Mr Keeley summarised the interview: “There was another occasion when they were sexually close, kissed and had a fumble and touched each other.”
The barrister alleged Carrier’s interview with the police saw her ‘adopt what the prosecution say was a confess and avoid approach’, accepting some wrongdoing but not all that she was accused of having done.
Cross-examined by defence barrister Jack Talbot on Wednesday, the complainant denied instigating a first kiss with his teacher or that it was used by him to exert ‘control’ over the older woman.
He said he ‘did not honestly recall’ telling his friends that he had kissed the musician and asked aloud from the witness box: “Why would I lie?”
Giving evidence via video link later on Wednesday afternoon, a contemporary of the complainant’s at Blue Coat school recalled being told by the boy about some ‘sexual contact’ between his friend and the piano teacher. “I don’t remember him being scared in telling me,” he said.
The jury was told that Carrier had ‘socialised’ with her pupils. One described a group of them returning to her home after a local gig in which a school pop band had played.
Carrier, of Bucklebury, Berkshire, denies indecent assault.
The trial continues.