A teacher who stepped over the line, chatting with ex-students about sex and drugs and exchanging sexual images, has been given a disciplinary ban.
A teacher who stepped over the line, chatting with ex-students about sex and drugs and exchanging sexual images, has been given a disciplinary ban.

Teacher exchanged sexual images with ex-students

A teacher who had inappropriate chats with former students about sex, drugs, alcohol and steroid use has been banned from reapplying for registration for almost three years.

The man, who had been registered since 2002 and taught at a Queensland secondary college for more than eight years, was suspended in February, 2019.

The teacher initiated or continued electronic contact with three former students of the college, who had graduated in 2017 and 2018, without a valid or educational reason, a tribunal heard.

The teacher and ex-students exchanged intimate or sexual images and the teacher also accepted an invitation to meet one of the former students.

They also discussed drug, alcohol and steroid use, between December, 2018, and January, 2019.

Queensland College of Teachers, which brought the disciplinary action against the man, accepted that he had previously been a talented and dedicated teacher.

Three members of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that

initiating or perpetuating such communications with former students shortly after they finished their schooling did not satisfy the standard of behaviour generally expected of a teacher.

The tribunal heard the teacher had voluntarily attended counselling sessions and he had taken responsibility for his conduct.

The teacher, who cannot be named because it could identify the ex-students, had his registration cancelled in March, last year, because of non-payment of a fee.

On March 26, the tribunal ordered that he be prohibited from applying for registration or permission to teach for two years and nine months, dated from his suspension on February 12, 2019.

If he reapplies, the teacher must provide an independent psychological report showing he has addressed issues about personal and professional relationships, the legal obligations of teachers and other matters.

The tribunal said it would then be up to Queensland College of Teachers to determine if he should be allowed to teach again.

Originally published as Teacher exchanged sexual images with ex-students



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