Teacher seen kissing girl in classroom

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 09:05 28/05/2014

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A teacher who entered into an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student who babysat his children has had his registration cancelled.

In a decision released today, the Teachers' Disciplinary Tribunal said the teacher admitted the encounters, which took place over a 10-day period during which he told the year-13 student he wanted to "make love" to her.

The first inappropriate contact between them took place on September 14, 2013, when the student was to stay overnight at the teacher's house while his wife was away, and he held her by the shoulders and rested his chin on her head, the tribunal decision said.

Five days later, other students saw the teacher kissing the girl in a classroom on school grounds.

That weekend, when the student babysat the man's children and stayed overnight, the teacher went into the room she was sleeping in and kissed her, the tribunal said.

While driving her home on the Sunday morning, the teacher pulled over to the side of the road and spent up to 10 minutes kissing her and feeling her breasts under her clothing.

On September 24, the teacher sent the student a text message saying they could not have any more contact until after she had left school, the tribunal said.

"I love you so much. I'm so sorry this has happened," the teacher said.

"I go in front of the board soon. I'm going to deny telling you I wanted to make love to you."

In the message, he said he could not save his job, but might be able to save his career.

He signed off with: "Be well. None of this is your fault. Concentrate on your exams, my darling."

The tribunal censured the teacher, and cancelled his registration.

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