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Respected teacher jailed for running brothel

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A respected Thanet teacher had another job as a brothel keeper,
a court heard.

Timothy Blake-Bowell had even worked as a prostitute himself as
had his wife Emma and together they ran the brothel at 21 Henry
Court, Gordon Road, Canterbury.

Both were arrested after police raided the flat and found
various sex toys, women's underwear, dressing up outfits and
massage oils.

The couple, of Querns Road, Canterbury, had rented the premises
where six girls worked and advertised in the adult sections of
local press.

They took a percentage of the girls' earnings, thus exploiting
prostitution, said Allister Walker, prosecuting. They both admitted
controlling prostitution for gain between October 30 and December
15, 2007.

Mr Blake-Bowell - who taught at King Ethelbert's School,
Birchington - was jailed for nine months. The 47-year-old was told
by Judge Adele Williams, had he contested the matter, it would have
been 12 months.

His wife was sentenced to 36 weeks suspended for two years with
supervision. The 37-year-old will be under three months' curfew
between 9pm and 7am with electronic tagging.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Adele Willams said it was organised
prostitution and although there was no evidence of coercion,
corruption, use of illegal immigrants or under-age girls, it was
done for money.

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