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Glasgow teacher banned over sexual emails to pupil

A teacher who sent sexual emails to one of his pupils has been banned from teaching.

Roy McGregor, an English and drama teacher at St Paul's High School, Glasgow, entered into an inappropriate relationship with the 14-year-old.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland said Mr McGregor had failed to "maintain an appropriate professional boundary" with the pupil.

He admitted sending the emails from his personal account.

A disciplinary hearing in Edinburgh, which Mr McGregor did not attend, heard that the emails were sent between February and December 2010.

The GTCS panel struck the teacher from its register.

The panel stated: "The committee considered that the nature of the conduct contained within the charge held proven fell short of the standard expected of a registered teacher and therefore that the respondent was guilty of conduct which had material relevance to his fitness to be a registered teacher.

"The committee decided to direct the registrar to remove the respondent's name from the (teaching) register.

"They had regard to the serious departure from standards expected of a registered teacher, and the undermining of public trust and confidence in teachers and in the teaching profession."

McGregor, who has been a teacher for 17 years, was chairman of the Associate Members of the Scottish Society of Playwrights and is an occasional reader for Hodder Gibson Publishers.

He has written two collections of plays for children, the second of which was published in 2008.

Indecent image

At a separate hearing, Thomas Murphy an economics and business teacher at St Matthew's Academy in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, was given a formal reprimand for setting up a "dogging" website around 17 January.

He also admitted uploading an indecent image of himself "in a state of undress" on to the website which could be accessed by members of the public and posted details of his sexual preferences.

The committee decided not to strike Mr Murphy from the teaching register due to the fact that he had admitted the charges, shown genuine remorse and there had been no repetition of the matter.

It said a reprimand indicated to the profession and the public the seriousness of the charges, therefore maintaining public confidence in teachers and the teaching profession.

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