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Newquay pupil sex teacher banned for life

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Image caption The teacher was given a written warning by the school but continued the relationship

A married teacher who had sex with a pupil and ignored a warning has been banned from the classroom for life.

Paul Wheeler, a teacher at Treviglas College in Newquay, Cornwall, met the girl in 2009 when she was 17, a teacher misconduct panel was told.

The panel said the pair had sex at Wheeler's home in St Agnes and in Cardiff when she was still a pupil.

The panel heard that Wheeler, now 40, ignored a written warning and continued the relationship.

The written warning came after a friend of the girl, named as Pupil A in the report, alerted the college in 2009.

The allegation was investigated but found to be unsubstantiated.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership panel, sitting in Coventry, heard the girl's father alerted the school in 2013.

The college again investigated and Wheeler was sacked.

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Image caption The panel said they found the girl's evidence more credible than Wheeler's

The teacher claimed his relationship with the girl did not become sexual until she had left the college.

But the panel said they found the girl's evidence more credible than Wheeler's

They concluded that Wheeler "completely ignored" the written warning he received and took steps to conceal the relationship.

They said: "Despite the warning, the relationship with Pupil A appears to have deepened and continued for at least a year.

"In doing so Mr Wheeler has abused the trust of his colleagues as well as that of Pupil A."

They said his actions were "plainly deliberate" and calculated and banned Wheeler from teaching indefinitely.

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