South East Wales

Teacher struck off for emails to suspected paedophile

St Michael's RC Primary School Abergavenny Image copyright Jaggery
Image caption The school said there was no suggestion that children from the school were the subject of the messages

A senior teacher who claimed to be a 13-year-old sex abuse victim in online messages to a suspected paedophile has been struck off the teaching register.

Christopher Stewart Murphy, former deputy head at St Michael's RC Primary School in Abergavenny, sent them via a social networking site in 2009.

His actions were discovered when police investigated the suspected paedophile.

A General Teaching Council for Wales panel struck him off for a minimum of two years.

The panel ruled he engaged in unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Murphy's details were found by Devon and Cornwall Police on the computer of a suspected paedophile they were investigating in Plymouth.

They included 40 sexually explicit messages, sent over four days, from Mr Murphy who pretended to be a girl who was being abused.

Mr Murphy denied writing the messages and said he had no idea who had done so.

A police case against him was not pursued.

The disciplinary panel concluded Mr Murphy had sent the messages and said his conduct had fallen short of that expected by a registered teacher.

Speaking after the hearing, St Michael's RC Primary School head teacher Rosalind Trigg said there was "absolutely no suggestion" that any children from the school were the subject of the messages.

"Murphy was immediately suspended when these allegations first came to light and the school has never received any complaints about his behaviour," she said.

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