Febuary 2006

Teacher is jailed for affairs with girl pupils

A MARRIED schoolteacher has been jailed for four years after having a string of sexual affairs with girl pupils.

Steven Lively, of Dean Street, Swindon, had full sex with two of the teenage schoolgirls and improper relationships with three others, a court heard.

He would drive them to secluded spots after class where he would touch them and give them oral sex in his car while they were still dressed in their school uniforms.

Lively – aged 45 – even bought one of the teenager’s sexy stockings and suspenders and asked her to wear them underneath her uniform while in class.

Yesterday, Judge Stanley Spence, at Reading Crown Court, jailed Lively, saying he abused his position of trust.

“It is clear you were a popular teacher,” he said. “Regrettably, you allowed your talents to be overborne by your appetite for sexual liaisons with female pupils.

“All of these girls were under your control and influence but you most shamefully abused your position of trust with respect to their parents and the school at which you taught.

“These offences are so serious that only a custodial penalty is justified. I do note you are of previous excellent character. I have read references which are superb.”

Lively became the subject of a police investigation in 2004 after one of the victims wrote a letter to the headmistress of the school, confessing the relationship she had had with her teacher.

He was suspended from Trinity School, formerly Shaw House, in July 2004 having worked there since 1986. He held the senior position of Head of Year when the allegations first came to light.

The teacher, who has a 14-year-old daughter, was also married to his first wife at the time of the alleged affairs.

Throughout the trial Lively denied having inappropriate relationships with any of the victims and claimed he was the subject of malicious gossip.

Judge Spence also banned the teacher from ever working with children and ordered him to be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

John Burrow, defending, said: “He was instrumental in inspiring a number of pupils who went on to university.”

Lively was jailed for 16 counts of indecent assault, which all took place between 1989 and 1996

May 2006

Teacher’s ‘unduly lenient’ sentence increased

A MARRIED teacher who had a string of sexual affairs with underage girls has had his “unduly lenient” sentence increased by more than a third.

Steven Brooks Lively, aged 45, molested five teenagers and even bought one of them stockings and suspenders, London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard.

Lively, who now lives in Swindon, was jailed for four years at Reading Crown Court in January this year after he was convicted of 16 counts of indecent assault.

But yesterday (Wednesday), judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court accepted arguments from the nation’s top law officer – the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC – that the sentence was “unduly lenient”.

Lively’s sentence was upped to six-and-half years.

Lord Justice Hooper sitting with Mr Justice Elias and Mr Justice Beaston, said: “Lively is properly to be described as a sexual predator who took steps to seduce these girls.”

The judge said Lively had improper relationships with the five girls aged between 13 and 15 between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s. His victims were “inspired by his obvious talent”.

Lively became the subject of a police investigation in 2004 and he was suspended from his job at Trinity School (formerly Shaw House school), in July that year, having worked there since 1986.

The history teacher was head of year when the allegations first came to light.
Accepting the Attorney General’s arguments, Lord Justice Hooper said: “The total sentence should have been in the region of eight years to take into the accunt the very serious nature of the offences.

“The sentences passed were unduly lenient.”

However, after taking into account the principle of “double jeopardy” – Lively was effectively being sentenced a second time for the same crimes – the Appeal Court fixed his new sentence at six and a half years.

Throughout his trial, Lively denied having inappropriate relationships with any of the victims, saying he was the subject of malicious gossip.