The Manchester Evening News is reporting that a Chetham’s School of Music teacher who sent “lurid web chat messages about underage sex” has been banned from the classroom.
Dr Andrew Preston, 50, was a maths teacher at the prestigious Manchester music school, which has been rocked by historic allegations of sexual abuse in recent years.
But a teaching watchdog found Dr Preston that entered into sleazy web chats in which he discussed ‘in graphic detail’ fantasies about young girls having sex…
The messages were uncovered when he was arrested by West Yorkshire Police on suspicion of attempting to possess an indecent image of a child in May 2014.
No further action was brought by police but details of the web conversations were sent on to Chetham’s.
Dr Preston told a professional conduct hearing of the National College for Teaching and Leadership that his conversations were ‘nothing more than a benign fantasy’ and ‘mere banter’.
He added he would never actually behave towards young teens in the way he discussed.
Inappropriate messages were sent over the course of two web chats in October and November 2013 – around the same time he joined Chetham’s School of Music.
The NCTL panel banned Dr Preston from teaching indefinitely…
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