Glasgow & West Scotland

Kilmarnock teacher struck off after sex with pupils

An Ayrshire music teacher has been struck off after evidence emerged he had sex with pupils, bought them gifts and took them away on trips.

David Cush gave one girl a gold necklace with a treble clef symbol and took another on holiday to Italy.

The incidents happened while he was a teacher at St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock, the General Teaching Council for Scotland said.

Mr Cush has the right to appeal the decision within 28 days.

The GTC said it had been advised by the Crown Office that following an inquiry there would be no criminal proceedings against Mr Cush.

A GTC panel heard evidence that he engaged in sexual activity with three pupils and had sex with two of them in the period from 1995 to 2006.

'Reprehensible behaviour'

GTC Scotland said: "The respondent's conduct demonstrated serious and reprehensible behaviour, particularly for a registered teacher.

"The panel determined that the respondent's conduct falls significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher and that he is therefore unfit to teach."

Nine complaints were filed against Mr Cush, who did not appear at the hearings but made written submissions challenging the evidence.

The GTC said that while employed at St Joseph's he engaged in sexual activity with a girl known as Pupil A between August 2000 and September 2002, took her on trips to Berwick-Upon-Tweed and York and bought her clothes and a gold watch.

The panel found he had sex with Pupil B between August 2005 and June 2006 and went on holiday with her to Sorrento, Rome and Pompeii and gave her a bracelet, earrings and a necklace.

It also ruled that Mr Cush had sex with Pupil C between October 1995 and October 2001 and bought her a chain with a treble clef, a Russian wedding ring, a gold plated watch and a suit.

Pupil C gave evidence before the panel after realising that Mr Cush's behaviour had been inappropriate.

The GTC said: "She explained that until recent times she had continued to support him, but that she had come to realise that the respondent's behaviour towards her had been inappropriate.

"She described that she now had a supportive partner who had been able to encourage her to face the reality of the situation."