A TEACHER has denied sexually assaulting two teenage boys while he was head of religious education at Rhyddings High School, Oswaldtwistle, more than 20 years ago.
The teacher, who is married, worked at the school between 1982 and 1990.
He is on trial at Preston Crown Court charged with indecently assaulting a 14-year-old pupil in 1984 and inciting a 13-year-old child to commit an act of gross indecency in the same year.
The teacher denies the charges.
On the first day of the trial the jury heard that both incidents are alleged to have happened in a storeroom next to a classroom.
Prosecutor Andrew Long said that the accused told the boy to pull down his underpants inside his trousers before putting his hand into one of the boy's pockets and touching him.
Mr Long said that in October 2004 another man reported to police that he had been the victim of a similar incident.
This man said that as a 13-year-old in 1984 he was asked to stay behind after RE class and go to the storeroom.
The accused told him to pull his underpants down but not pull his trousers down. The accused then stared at his crotch and asked the boy if he felt embarrassed before letting him return to class.
On the second day of the five-day trial the jury heard from the accused's two alleged victims, one of whom said the teacher has ruined his life.
He told the jury that in the 10 years after the incident he left school with few qualifications, got involved in crime and started taking hard drugs.
The court also heard from a former pupil at Whitehaven Secondary School where the accused now teaches.
He said that when he was a boy of 12 the accused showed him a modelling catalogue and then asked to see his body.
The incident in 2003 led to a formal complaint being lodged and the school issuing the accused with a formal warning.
When the Oswaldtwistle allegations came to light the accused was suspended from his job pending the court proceedings.
The accused also taught at Bacup and Rawternstall Grammar School.
The trial continues.