Tayside and Central Scotland

Paedophile Syme given lifetime school ban

Brian Syme
Image caption Syme told police he targeted boys aged between the ages of 14 and 20

A school support worker who persuaded more than 90 boys to send him indecent photographs of themselves will never be allowed to work in a school again.

Brian Syme was jailed in August after he admitted targeting pupils as young as 12 by posing as a teenage girl on social networking websites.

Clackmannanshire Council sacked the 32-year-old, from Alloa, after his arrest.

And Syme, a qualified teacher, has now been removed from the teaching register.

The removal was automatic after a referral to the General Teaching Council disqualified him from working with children (DWCL).

A spokesman for the General Teaching Council said: "Brian Syme was removed from the register following a DWCL referral after his court case.

"There was no need to hold a hearing as the removal is automatic."

Syme, who had previously worked with disadvantaged children before getting his school job, was caught during a major Central Scotland Police investigation into online sex crime.

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