Rape trial: ‘girl had crush on me’

032699g    in B27   27/6   pics AH' Woodstock 2 funday at Yorks Coast College main campus -  event organiser Paul Hammond(L), YCC NUS president, with Mark Pearey, student liason officer, standing by the Union's giant inflatable 'stick man'.
032699g in B27 27/6 pics AH' Woodstock 2 funday at Yorks Coast College main campus - event organiser Paul Hammond(L), YCC NUS president, with Mark Pearey, student liason officer, standing by the Union's giant inflatable 'stick man'.

A SCARBOROUGH man charged with raping a student claimed he left his job at Yorkshire Coast College because of the stress placed on him by her attentions and the “disorganisation” of the facility.

Mark Pearey, 37, told police that the student had a crush on him and pestered him constantly with phone calls and text messages.

Denying that he had a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old girl while he was employed at the college as a Student Liaison Officer, Pearey told the police in interviews that the teenager would claim to be pregnant every month and to have miscarried on each occasion.

Pearey does admit that after he left the college for a new job he did start a consensual sexual relationship with the student, starting when they met up in a Scarborough club while drunk.

Pearey, of Swan Hill Road, Scarborough, has pleaded not guilty before a jury at York Crown Court to one charge of rape and four of engaging in sexual activity whilst in a position of trust.

The alleged victim, now 24, has told the jury that shortly after she started attending the college in late 2003 she was raped by Pearey in his Scarborough hotel room, became pregnant and had a miscarriage.

She also alleged that other unwarranted sexual activity took place both in and outside the college, ending when Pearey left for his new employment in January the following year.

The woman also agreed that she had later had a relationship with Pearey, but had been frightened of him.

On Friday the jury heard that in interview Pearey said he had reported the girl’s “crush” on him to his line manager, although the court heard that person had no recollection of the conversation.

He also said that the stress of the student’s “mental and psychotic” attentions, together with the “disorganisation at the college at the time”, were factors in him leaving for a new job.

The jury has been told that the alleged victim did not report matters to the authorities until 2009, when she disclosed the alleged rape to a mental health worker.

However, the jury heard on Friday that a student counsellor at the college was in a relationship with Pearey at the time of the alleged rape and was approached, after the end of that relationship, by the student who told her that Pearey had got her pregnant and that she had had a miscarriage.

The trial continues.