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28 Monday Sep 2015
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Teacher faces being struck off after grooming 14-year-old pupil
A TEACHER who groomed a 14-year-old pupil for sex faces being struck off after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
A tribunal heard last week that Marc Richardson, a former head of drama at Tottington High School, had engaged in sexual contact with one student and met with her under the school stage.
The 34-year-old from Ramsbottom admitted sending inappropriate and flirtatious messages, and told another pupil that she was too attractive to teach .
Mr Richardson, who has two children, resigned his position last May after an investigation was launched into his behaviour. Police confirmed that he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child, but later released without charge.
His legal representative told a professional conduct panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) that he denied having a sexual relationship with the girl referred to as Pupil B though he admitted several other allegations. Mr Richardson did not attend the hearing.
Pupil B s mother told the hearing that she had niggling feelings about the teacher, and that her daughter had suddenly asked about the contraceptive pill.
A friend, Pupil C, gave evidence that Pupil B had told her that she had done everything with her boyfriend, who she later admitted was Mr Richardson.
After also seeing messages between Pupil B and Mr Richardson that contained explicit references to sexual acts between them, the panel found that the allegation of sexual contact was proven and that his conduct was sexually motivated .
The panel concluded: Mr Richardson s behaviour is a serious abuse of his position of trust and shows a blatant disregard for the need to safeguard pupils well-being.
He has completely disregarded the management advice he received in his final written warning.
Accordingly, the panel has no hesitation in concluding that Mr Richardson is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
In January 2013, the teacher was given a final written warning by the school, where he was also a head of house, prohibiting physical or social media contact with pupils.
He admitted to the hearing that, in 2012, he had sent flirtatious messages to a student, Pupil A, via Twitter, told her she was a nightmare to teach as she was so attractive , and had touched her bottom with his hand.
A police spokesman said: A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child and the sexual grooming of a child.
A full investigation was conducted by the Greater Manchester police public protection investigation unit and the man was released without charge.
28 Monday Sep 2015
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Former teacher and Boy s Brigade captain caught with indecent images of children
A FORMER teacher and Boys Brigade captain was caught with indecent images of children after a trans-Atlantic investigation.
Police traced the online purchase of a vile DVD to the Hartlepool home of 49-year-old bachelor Neil Thompson, a court heard.
When his computers were seized, investigators found hundreds of sick pictures of naked young boys, said prosecutor David Crook.
Mr Crook told Teesside Crown Court that Thompson was arrested after information was received from the Toronto Police Department.
He admitted buying the DVD featuring teenage boys, and told officers: There are some images on my computer which shouldn t be.
Mr Crook said Thompson explained: I m going through a bit of a depression, and thought what are you doing with your life?’
More than 1,300 indecent images were found some of them film clips as well as prohibited images, which were line drawings.
Thompson cleared two years ago of grooming a boy worked as a senior learning mentor at St Hilds, a secondary school in Hartlepool.
He has also been a captain of the 8th Hartlepool Boys Brigade which he joined when he was 15 and battalion president.
Nigel Soppitt, mitigating, did not disclose any personal details in court, but said Thompson had a meteoric rise and crash .
He told Judge Tony Briggs: I am anxious not to embarrass Mr Thompson any further . . . now he has been reduced to facing custody.
Thompson, of Navigation Point, Hartlepool, admitted charges of making and possessing indecent images, and possessing prohibited images.
He was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and ordered to go on a treatment programme.
Mr Soppitt said he would eagerly grasp the chance to work on the sex offender course, and has been having counselling since his arrest.
Your Honour has a tried and tested procedure, and he will adhere to it, the barrister said. In many respects it s a sad case.
A sexual harm prevention order was also imposed which bans Thompson from having unsupervised contact with boys aged under-16.
The judge told him: You must understand this is your last chance.
It is only the detailed information I have about you that saves you.
The information I have in the medical report pre-sentence report shows there is a prospect of rehabilitation and it s a realistic one.
It is a programme that will protect the public in the most effective way in the future.
It s not available in prison sentences of a moderate length.