INDEFINITELY: Paedophile teacher banned
West Town Lane Academy, Image: LDRS
A former Bristol primary school teacher who had sex with a girl aged 14 has been banned from the profession indefinitely.
Robert Hanson, who was jailed for four years after admitting the offence at the city’s crown court in April 2020, was a Year 4 teacher at West Town Lane Academy in Brislington.
Hanson, now 30, met the youngster, who is not from Bristol, at a gaming convention where he was “involved in a game of ‘guessing the ages’ of the participants”, a Teaching Regulatory Authority professional conduct panel heard last month.
He exchanged messages with the girl online before buying her a child’s rail ticket to visit him overnight and they had sex, the hearing was told.
Despite having pleaded guilty at last year’s court hearing to grooming and having sexual activity with a child when he was 27, the teaching professional conduct panel ruled that Hanson had “shown neither insight nor remorse for his actions and the effect they had on the victim”.
He was banned from teaching indefinitely in any school, sixth-form college, youth accommodation or children’s home in England and cannot apply to restore his eligibility to teach, according to the ruling published on Wednesday, September 8, following the remote hearing held in private on August 25.
The report said there were no mitigating factors for Hanson’s “calculated and sexually motivated” actions.
Decision maker Alan Meyrick, acting on behalf of the Education Secretary, accepted the panel’s recommendation of an immediate prohibition order.
His report said: “In my judgement, the lack of insight and remorse means that there is some risk of the repetition of this behaviour and this puts at risk the future wellbeing of pupils, even taking into account that the victim in this case was not a pupil of Hanson.
“It is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession.”
West Town Lane’s governing body said afterwards: “We have been informed that a ruling has been passed regarding a former employee.
“The offences do not relate to any pupil or former pupil at the school.
“Safeguarding is of paramount importance. The arrangements the school makes to safeguard the welfare of pupils were found to be fully compliant with a strong culture of safeguarding across the school particularly emphasised by Ofsted at our most recent inspection in February 2019.”
Words: Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter
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