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Secret double life of 'respected' PE teacher who worked as gigolo and ran brothel with wife

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A respected secondary school games master led a secret double life as gigolo and manager of a brothel, a court was told.

By days Tim Blake-Bowell was a dedicated PE teacher, fanatically enthusiastic about hockey and cricket, at King Ethelbert comprehensive school in rural Kent.

But away from the playing fields he sold his body and managed a team of six prostitutes - one of which was his wife Emma - from a rented one-bedroom flat in Canterbury.

Canterbury Crown Court yesterday heard that Mr Blake-Bowell was responsible for managing the brothel, which was variously named 'Gem's', 'Pandora's' and 'Men for all seasons'.

Prosecutor Alistair Walker described how Mr Blake-Bowell himself worked as a prostitute and offered clients 'personal services by male and females for men, women and couples of all persuasions'.

But the lawyer said that most of Mr Blake-Bowell's time was spent organising the brothel's six female sex-workers, one of which was the 37-year-old mother of his two children.

Mr Walker told the court: 'Blake-Bowell organised and paid for advertisements in the press, took bookings, organised rotas and took a share of earnings. In his hands-on position as owner of the business he was in a position to direct operations at close quarters.'

Mr Walker went on: 'He helped come up with the advertising strap lines and was responsible for financial side of the business.

'He was aware of which girls were working and when. He drove them home after their shifts and he told them what they should say when talking to clients over the phone.'

Mr Blake-Bowell, 47, paid £560 a month to rent the Canterbury flat and spent £1,400 a month on advertising.

The brothel was staffed from 11am until midnight and the women charged £40 for a massage, £60 for 30 minutes' sex and £100 for an hour's sex.

In mitigation, the court was told that unlike other brothels in the area, the women were allowed to keep 60 per cent of their takings rather than the 50 per cent which is usually practiced.

Although the Blake-Bowells used only willing British women as prostitutes, their operation was uncovered during a Kent Police probe into illegal sex-trafficking from Eastern Europe.

The court heard that during a raid of the flat in November 2007 officers spoke to a woman calling herself 'Lorna Larouche'. While the flat contained nothing that indicated that anyone lived there permanently, it was filled with underwear, sex toys and massages oils.

During a subsequent undercover operation a vice squad officer named in court as Steve posed as a client and was offered sex by a woman at the property. Steve declined and instead had a massage, the court heard.

In court Emma Blake-Bowell, 37, who has two more children by a previous husband, was described as a working prostitute who called herself 'Brandy' and also as the brothel's 'meeter and greeter'.

In police interviews she admitted that she had been involved in running the operation, explaining that she had decided to take a more managerial role as she was 'fed up with being abused'.

While selling your body for money is not illegal in English law, profiting from prostitution is.

Yesterday Mr Walker told the court: 'Control was exerted by the defendants by setting the premises up and by taking a cut of proceeds, thereby exploiting prostitutes. They held out the lure of financial gain by providing an apparently safe environment.'

He added: 'They were in it for profit.'

Both Mr and Mrs Blake-Bowell - who are now estranged - pleaded guilty to charges of controlling prostitution for gain at a court hearing earlier this year.

In court yesterday, they both wore sombre suits and sat apart from one another in the dock as their lawyers attempted to blame the other for leading the other into criminality.

Despite being arrested in December 2007, Mr Blake-Bowell was permitted to continue teaching at 700-pupil King Ethelbert comprehensive school until the end of the Christmas term of that year. He now works as a taxi driver.

At the time, school sources said they were astonished at his involvement with one mother describing him as a 'model teacher'. Yesterday, that support continued in court.

Mr Blake-Bowell shed tears as a statement from his former headteacher was read out which described him as a 'valued and trusted colleague' who had 'unstinting commitment to those pupils in his pastoral care'.

His lawyer offered no insight into why Mr Blake-Bowell turned to vice, other than to say: 'he is horrified by his situation and what he has done'.

The court also heard that Mrs Blake-Bowell, who since the age of 16 has never worked as anything other than a prostitute, suffers with mental problems as a result of a difficult childhood and a series of dysfunctional relationships.

While both husband and wife had been on bail before yesterday's hearing, Judge Adele Williams ordered that only Mrs Blake-Bowell be allowed out on bail again.

Her former PE teacher husband was held in custody overnight and is due to be sentenced, alongside his wife, tomorrow.


Added: Jul-6-2009 
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