Tim Blake-Bowell was responsible for paying the prostitutes
A former PE teacher has been jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to running a brothel from his Kent home.
Tim Blake-Bowell, 47, of Querns Road, Canterbury, had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of controlling prostitutes for financial gain.
Blake-Bowell used to teach at King Ethelbert School, in Birchington.
His ex-wife Emma Blake-Bowell, 37, also admitted the charge at Canterbury Crown Court and received a nine month term suspended for two years.
They were accused of operating the brothel from their home between 31 October and 14 December 2007.
During questioning, Tim Blake-Bowell claimed he had started the brothel in June 2006 in order to give his wife some financial independence and so she could work in a safe, controlled environment.
He said she had had bad experiences in the sex industry in the past.
The couple also said they had set up the brothel as a co-operative for women working individually and denied making a profit themselves.
The court heard that Tim Blake-Bowell was responsible for the financial side of the operation, paying the six women they employed and taking care of bills and rent.
Emma Blake-Bowell was in charge of the day-to-day running of the brothel
His wife was in charge of the day-to-day running of the business.
The couple, both of whom sold themselves for sex, spent £1,400 a month on adverts in local newspapers under the name "Pandora's" or "Jem's", offering "discreet personal services".
Judge Adele Williams said Emma Blake-Bowell had been susceptible to pressure from her husband due to her vulnerable state of mental health.
She said pre-sentencing assessments on the defendant had found that she suffered from clinical depression and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder due to her difficult background.
The judge told her she must also carry out a two-year supervision order in which she must seek treatment, as well as a three-month curfew order.
The couple, who have two young children, split up after their arrest in December 2007.
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