Teacher who kissed student banned

A SUNSHINE Coast primary school teacher who sent sexually explicit message to one of his Year 7 students has been deregistered for five years, after an investigation by education authorities.

In September, the Daily first revealed how the teacher had his licence suspended after he was caught 'pashing on' with one of his female students, who was aged just 12.

Yesterday, The Queensland College of Teacher Disciplinary Committee found the 26-year-old teacher targeted two of his students who were friends and played them off against each other.

The teacher, who reportedly developed a close relationship with a small group of female students in his class, allegedly kissed the student at an end-of-year outing to the movies last year.

It is also alleged the teacher had intimate sexual contact with the same girl in a classroom cupboard, as other students waited outside.

A parent of one of the teacher’s former students said police described his actions as “classic grooming behaviour for a paedophile”.

It is understood police acted on the allegations and tried to catch the teacher out, but were unsuccessful. It is understood the girl involved refused to make a complaint.

The teacher sent lurid messages to another one of his students on the social networking website MySpace.

In one of the chats, he described the student as 'sexy' while in another he said "... You're hot and have a hot body."

The Daily obtained a copy of some of those messages, as well as transcripts of some of Education Queensland interviews with complainants.

The parent who brought the matter to the Daily decided to speak out because the teacher still has not been deregistered, despite the allegations first surfacing nine months ago.

“What do you have to do to get a teacher’s rights revoked,” the parent said.

“It’s like he’s the one being protected. What about the kids?”

Education authorities said one of the girls involved described it as a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship while another also covered up for him and denied any wrongdoing on his part.

Teachers Disciplinary Committee chairwoman Lisa O'Neill said in kissing a 12-year-old student and using sites like MySpace and Facebook to maintain and develop intimate relationships, the teacher breached his employer's code of conduct.

The teacher, who denied wrongdoing through his lawyer, had behaved in a 'disgraceful and improper way' and was unfit to remain a teacher.

Related: Facebook teachers freak me out: comment by Mark Furler

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