Wales

Teacher's sexual relationship with boy, 15

  • 24 June 2014
  • From the section Wales

A former deputy headmaster is given a lifetime teaching ban for an "inappropriate sexual relationship" with a 15-year-old boy.

Meirion Owen Williams, who was deputy head of Ysgol y Borth primary school on Anglesey, denied the relationship was sexual or that he knew the boy's age.

But at a hearing in Ewloe, a General Teaching Council for Wales panel found him guilty of professional misconduct.

He was removed from the teaching register in Wales "permanently".

The hearing at Ewloe in Flintshire heard that Mr Williams had accepted that he had taken the boy to secluded locations and allowed him to stay at his home.

But written evidence from the teacher had contained inconsistencies.

The day-long hearing was told Mr Williams, who graduated in 1988 at the then Bangor Normal College, had taught at Llanfair PG before becoming deputy head at Ysgol y Borth in Menai Bridge in 1999.

The panel heard that Mr Williams, who chose not to attend the hearing, had been regarded by colleagues and parents as an excellent teacher.

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'Deliberate conduct' over several months, the hearing found

Panel chairman Steve Powell said: "His actions clearly affected a pupil not only at the time but on an ongoing basis.

"He's not shown any insight into his failings nor expressed regret, the conduct was deliberate and took place over several months.

"The committee believes there is a significant risk of the registered teacher repeating the behaviour."

Banning the former deputy head from teaching anywhere in Wales, Mr Powell added: "Mr Williams's conduct is so serious he shouldn't have the right to apply for restoration to the register at any future time."

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