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Crawley teacher told he will never teach again after sex messages to former pupil
3:48pm Sunday 28th October 2012 in News
A teacher who made sexual advances to a former pupil using the internet has been told he will never teach again.
Dr Jason Sanderson was handed a teaching ban after he made contact with numerous pupils using Bebo, MSN and Facebook.
While working at Holy Trinity Church of England School in Crawley, he contacted one 16-year-old former pupil using Facebook and sent messages asking to be in a sexual relationship with him, adding that they could keep a secret between them.
The boy’s mother found the content so offensive she contacted the police, who told the teacher to stop harassing the teenager.
A Teaching Agency panel decided the matter was so serious that Dr Sanderson will not only be banned but also not be able to apply to teach ever again.
He also called a female colleague a “stupid little girl”, insulted how she worked and shouted at her.
The incidents happened between September 2002 and December 2009.
A report by the panel of the Teaching Agency said: “His behaviour has been deliberate and persistent.
“There is a clear pattern of behaviour that fails to respect professional boundaries and which is inappropriate.
“It is clear that despite warnings Dr Sanderson continued to engage in inappropriate conversations with pupils.
“His poor judgement also extended to his relationships with staff at the school.”
Dr Sanderson is eligible to appeal the decision.
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