A driving instructor sexually assaulted one of his students during a lesson before showing her a photo of a sex doll, a court has heard.
David North would have often touched the young woman and would have shown an “inappropriate” interest in her while she was learning to drive in her car.
On one occasion, he allegedly showed her a website for escorts and described her preferred breast size.
At the end of the lesson, the instructor reportedly grabbed her by the waist and pressed her body to hers, saying “you didn’t say goodbye”.
The student was unhappy with North’s advances and tried to ignore him, a jury said.
That evening, he sent her a photo of a sex doll with the caption: “I’m ready to isolate myself.”
The 57-year-old, who runs his own school known as Dave’s Driving based in Christchurch, Dorset, said he just “wanted to make her laugh.”
North was tried by Bournemouth Crown Court on charges of sexual assault.
Gary Venturi, the prosecutor, told the court that the woman received several lessons with North as a Christmas present between January and March 2020.
He said: “She was a student of the accused who was a driving instructor at the time.
“She will tell you that there seemed to be an inappropriate level of interest on Mr. North’s part and unwanted touching.
“The crown says there has been an escalation as Mr. North has become more familiar with it.
“On March 12, he thought it was appropriate to stop the car and have a chat.
“He asked her if she knew how easy it was to get an escort in Bournemouth.
“He then showed her a website and described her preference for breast size.”
The court heard how North then followed the woman out of the car after pulling up in front of the house where she lived and assaulting her.
Mr Venturi said: “Mr North reminded her that she hadn’t said goodbye. He took her by the waist and hugged her, pressing her body against hers.
“Her boyfriend and mother witnessed it through the window of their house where she was living at the time.
“Then she started receiving messages from Mr. North – that was the opening message sent by WhatsApp.
“It is clear that this is a female sex doll with the caption:” I am ready to isolate myself. “
It was accompanied by a message from Mr. North saying, ‘I wanted to make you laugh. “”
He added: “He has made his intentions clear.
“It was sexual because of his intentions – it is on this basis that Mr. North is charged.
“Mr. North told police he took the connotation of sending the message and that it was inappropriate, but said any physical contact was not sexual or was consensual.”
A witness who saw the alleged assault said the woman looked “miserable and shrugged her shoulders.”
Thomas Acworth, defending, said the woman was “happy with the hug and gave Mr. North a hug”.
The trial continues.