Bourne

A grammar school teacher accused of sexually assaulting two teenagers in the back of a taxi was cleared by a jury of all charges against him.

Adam Binns, who taught PE at Bourne Grammar School, was alleged to have groped the two girls after they agreed to share the taxi with him at the end of a night out.

One of the girls claimed that earlier in the evening Binns approached her as she waited at the bar to buy a drink and said: “You’re going to make me lose my job.”

The girl said that she was groped during the brief taxi journey from Bourne town centre with Binns putting his hand up her dress and into her pants.

Her friend, who sat on the other side of Binns on the back seat, said she was also groped when Binns put his hand down her jeans.

Binns admitted to the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that he got into the taxi with a girl sitting either side of him on the back seat but he denied anything improper happened during the journey.

“It was the first time I came into contact with them. As I came out I pretty much bumped into them.”

He said he spoke to the girls who told him they were going to walk home.

“I said it’s cold. It’s dark. The direction they were going was the same direction I was going. I said that I was getting a taxi that way.

“It was purely for safety that I suggested a taxi.”

He said the girls initially declined his offer but approached him again while he was waiting for a taxi and agreed to share the journey.

One of the girls sat in the front alongside the driver while another went into the back seat.

Binns said he also sat on the back seat and moments later the third girl also got into the back leaving himself between the teenagers.

He told the jury that the two incidents he was accused of did not happen.

“There was no physical contact with them at all. I said nothing during the journey. It took 50 seconds to a minute.”

He was asked “Did anything untoward happen in that time?” and responded “Nothing”.

Binns said he paid the taxi driver £5 and asked him to wait while he left the vehicle to speak to the girls again, but the taxi then drove away and he walked home.

Adam Binns, 31, of Dorchester Avenue, Bourne, denied two charges of sexual assault alleged to have occurred on December 16, 2017. The jury took less than an hour to return verdicts of not guilty on each charge.

A Grammar School teacher accused of sexually assaulting two teenagers in the back of a taxi told a jury that he did nothing improper.

Adam Binns, a PE teacher at Bourne Grammar School, told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court he left the Late Bar in Bourne at around 2.30am and was planning to get a taxi home when he noticed the two girls and one of their friends at the bottom of the steps leading from the bar.

“It was the first time I came into contact with them. As I came out I pretty much bumped into them.”

He said he spoke to the girls who told him they were going to walk home.

“I said it’s cold. It’s dark. The direction they were going was the same direction I was going. I said that I was getting a taxi that way.

“It was purely for safety that I suggested a taxi.”

He said the girls initially declined his offer but approached him again while he was waiting for a taxi and agreed to share the journey.

One of the girls sat in the front alongside the driver while another went into the back seat.

Binns said he also sat on the back seat and moments later the third girl also got into the back leaving himself between the teenagers.

He told the jury that the two incidents he is accused of did not happen.

“There was no physical contact with them at all. I said nothing during the journey. It took 50 seconds to a minute.”

He was asked: “Did anything untoward happen in that time?” and responded “Nothing”.

Binns said he paid the taxi driver £5 and asked him to wait while he left the vehicle to speak to the girls again but the taxi then drove away and he walked home.

He told the jury that he was initially a teaching assistant at Bourne Grammar School but subsequently qualified as a teacher. Binns said he was spoken to by a senior member of staff after a complaint was made against him in January 2018 and he has since been suspended from his job.

Adam Binns, 31, of Dorchester Avenue, Bourne, denies two charges of sexual assault alleged to have occurred on December 16, 2017.

A Lincolnshire Grammar School teacher sexually assaulted two teenagers while sharing a taxi with them at the end of a night out, a jury at Lincoln Crown Court has been told.

Adam Binns, who worked as a PE teacher at Bourne Grammar School, allegedly carried out the assaults on the two girls back in December 2017.

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, told the jury that earlier in the evening Binns approached one of the girls inside the Late Bar in Bourne and said to her “You’re going to make me lose my job.”

The girl asked Binns why that was, but did not recall him responding.

Mr Achurch said: “Her perception was that he was clearly attracted to her. The next thing she remembers is him saying ‘Do you want to go and get naughty with me?’

“She said she was out with her boyfriend as a distraction to get out of the situation.”

In the early hours Binns is alleged to have spoken to the girl and two of her female friends outside the bar and insisted they get a taxi home.

In evidence the girl, who said she knew that Binns was a school teacher, admitted she was drunk.

“I got in first. I sat on the far side. He got in after me. It happened almost instantaneously. He put his hand on my left leg. Then he moved his hand. It went under my dress and then into my pants. Then he did it again. It was unwanted.”

Mr Achurch said a second teenager got into the back of the taxi and sat on the other side of Binns while the third girl sat in the front seat.

The girl who got into the back seat alongside Binns said: “I was looking out of the window then I felt a hand stroke my stomach. I brushed it off but then I felt his hand again and it was inside my pants.”

After a short journey the taxi dropped off the three girls.

Moments later Binns is alleged to have knocked on the door of the house where they had gone to and asked to be let in.

Mr Achurch said: “He was trying to get them to promise not to say anything about what happened. He said to them, ‘I’ll lose my job if you do’.”

Binns, 31, of Dorchester Avenue, Bourne, denies two charges of sexual assault alleged to have occurred on December 16, 2017.

When he was interviewed by police he denied any sexual contact with either girl.

Binns said he bumped into the three girls as he was leaving the Late Bar and offered to pay for a taxi for them.

“I didn’t recognise any of them.” He said he could not recall any conversation in the taxi and at the end of the journey he paid the fare.

The trial continues.

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