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Carmarthen teacher Neil Hunt sent 'inappropriate' texts

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Image caption Neil Hunt had been head of a special education unit at the comprehensive

A Carmarthen teacher sent "inappropriate" text messages to a 16-year-old school girl while drunk, a hearing was told.

Neil Hunt, 46, was sacked after exchanging more than 350 messages with the student at Queen Elizabeth High.

Headmaster Peter Spencer told the disciplinary panel in Cardiff that the messages had a sexual overtone.

The General Teaching Council for Wales hearing was told the "effect on pupil A was profound".

Mr Hunt was head of a special education unit at the 1,500-pupil comprehensive school but did not teach the girl.

The hearing was told that he was sacked after admitted sending the messages while drunk in March 2012.

'Inappropriate'

He was questioned by Dyfed-Powys Police and his employers and was initially allowed to keep his job after claiming it had been an isolated incident.

But he was sacked when it emerged he had sent dozens of texts.

Mr Hunt admits unacceptable professional conduct by sending an inappropriately large number of text messages - some of which were inappropriate.

But he denies acting dishonestly by failing to disclose the full extent of the text messages during a disciplinary hearing.

Mr Spencer said: "They were not what you would expect from a pupil teacher relationship.

"There were 350 text messages sent between them and a number were inappropriate."

The hearing was told pupil A's exam grades had suffered as a result of the incident.

The hearing continues.

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