Mother says she was 'naive' and 'stupid' to trust teacher and his harpist girlfriend accused of sexually assaulting her son

Mail Online | 1/13/2018 | Keiran Southern For Mailonline
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A mother whose son was allegedly sexually abused by a substitute teacher and his harpist girlfriend told a trial she had been 'naive' and 'stupid'.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had thought Richard Barton-Wood, who taught at her son's school in the 1980s when her son was in his early teens, was 'trustworthy'.

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She said she had allowed her son to go on sailing trips and camping trips with Barton-Wood, now aged 68, and to go with Barton-Wood to visit his then-girlfriend Danielle Perrett, now aged 59.

Years later, as an adult, her son spoke to police to accuse Barton-Wood of sexually abusing him when he was a child.

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Earlier in evidence, her son had said he had felt in love with Perrett.

Barton-Wood is now on trial at Ipswich Crown Court alongside his former partner Perrett, a world-renowned harpist who has played for the Queen and several prime ministers.

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They are accused of sexually abusing the boy in the 1980s when the boy was in his early teens, and they deny all charges.

Stephen Rose, for Barton-Wood, asked the mother of the alleged victim about the day her son told her of the allegations he made to police.

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Mr Rose said that in her witness...
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