The Times is reporting that a vicar who worked as a primary school teacher has been struck off for life for repeatedly sexually abusing pupils while they read to him in front of the class…
The report says that James Wilson, who taught at Pennycross Primary School in Plymouth, had previously been cleared in a court case in 2010 of fondling young children while working as a teacher in the 1970s and 80s.
However, the National College for Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel – which works on the balance of probablilties rather than the court’s need for a decision beyond reasonable doubt – said he had assaulted five children aged seven and eight, in a “calculated” manner, while teaching at the school.
The panel banned him from life for teaching. It said that Mr Wilson has not been a teacher since 1985 and does not intend to teach again but the panel said:
“confidence in the profession would be seriously weakened if teachers were simply allowed to give an undertaking to avoid teaching in the future, in order to escape sanctions being imposed upon them.”
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