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Art teacher Cunningham struck off over pupils sex case

Christopher Cunningham
Image caption Christopher Cunningham taught at a school in West Lothian

An art teacher has been struck off for having sex with two pupils, Scotland's regulatory body for teaching has said.

Christopher Cunningham, 58, was convicted in February over the offences in 2008 and 2009, the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) said.

He was sentenced at Livingston Sheriff Court to 12 months in prison.

Cunningham, who taught at a school in West Lothian, was not at the hearing. The pupils were over 16 when he had sex with them and are now both aged 19.

At the GTCS's disciplinary committee hearing, it was also decided Cunningham should be banned from applying to be restored to the teaching register for a year.

They also decided to refer Cunningham to the Scottish government under section 2 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

A spokesman for the GTCS said: "The actions that resulted in the conviction were in breach of trust and showed a clear disregard for teacher professionalism and the maintenance of trust in the profession.

"The conviction was the result of behaviour that is incompatible with being a registered teacher."

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