Grimsby teacher struck off for having sex with pupil

A school teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old pupil 26 years ago has been banned from the profession.

Michael McCarthy, 55, from Grimsby, began a relationship with the girl in 1990 while teaching at her school.

A National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) panel heard that on one occasion he had taken the girl to his house and given her alcohol before having sex with her.

The NCTL found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Giving evidence to the panel the girl, known as Pupil D, said that on one occasion Mr McCarthy gave her a glass of lemonade and Martini and said "You're a big girl so when I come back I expect some of that to be gone".

She said he had then taken her to his bedroom and had sex with her.

Significant failings

The panel heard Mr McCarthy had previously called the girl a "nymph" while at school.

The teacher was also heard to have kissed a 16-year-old girl in a school science lab and failed to disclose his previous places of work on a job application.

The panel said: "The panel is satisfied that the conduct of Mr McCarthy, which included amongst other things; sexual activity with a 13-year-old pupil and dishonest omission of significant details from a teaching application, fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession."

During the hearing Mr McCarthy, who denied the allegations, told the panel he had been under "great stress" in 1990.

The panel said, however, it found "no evidence that Mr McCarthy's actions were not deliberate" and nor was there evidence he had acted under duress.

Alongside the indefinite ban imposed the NCTL ruled Mr McCarthy should not be eligible to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.

Mr McCarthy has 28 days to appeal the decision.

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