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Ex-teacher Gavin Atkinson sentenced over pupil assault

Gavin Atkinson Image copyright Ciaran Donnelly

A former Edinburgh teacher has been given a community payback order after he was found guilty of assaulting a teenage boy and making sexual comments to a 13-year-old girl.

Gavin Atkinson, 58, repeatedly pushed the 13-year-old boy and pressed his body against a doorway with his knee.

He claimed he told the "disruptive" girl he could see her underwear "to try to embarrass her" into calming down.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court he told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Sheriff Michael O'Grady QC told Atkinson the offences represented a "serious breach of trust".

He said: "All in all, your behaviour appears to have been some misguided and bizarre attempt to control children, who themselves have been honest enough to admit their behaviour could be challenging."

The sheriff added: "Parents send their children to school expecting them to the safe and treated properly and respectfully by their teachers. You have failed dismally in that respect".

The former science teacher, who now lives in Crocketford, Dumfries and Galloway, had denied committing the crimes between 1 August and 24 December 2013.

He was found guilty after a trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in April.

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