Teacher told ex-pupil not to

A teacher who sent a photo of his bottom to a former pupil told him not to “tell a soul” about their sexual conversations or he could be “locked up”.

Dale Aubrey Evans, a former head of music at Cardiff High School, sent sexually charged messages and explicit photos to who he thought was a 17-year-old former pupil at a school where he previously worked.

He also spoke to another former pupil, referred to in proceedings as pupil B, on Facebook, calling him “fit” and “cute”.

An Education Workforce Council (EWC) fitness to practise hearing held in Cardiff heard the former teacher began texting a younger boy, pretending to be his former student, known as pupil A in proceedings, telling him not to tell anyone about their conversation or he could face being “locked up”.

Mr Evans, who was not present at the hearing, claims the messages were private sexual conversations between consenting adults.

He also claims he was the victim of homophobic and discriminatory treatment from the pupils who falsely told him they were gay and outed him by sharing his explicit photo on Snapchat.

Case presenter Cadi Dewi made her summations to the fitness to practise committee in which she claimed Evans’ actions had been sexually motivated and amounted to “unacceptable professional conduct”.

She said: “When pupil A explains he is gay and asks Mr Evans if he is, rather than shutting down the conversation, he says ‘What do you think?’ and asks ‘What do you want me to be?’.

“In further examples Mr Evans offers his telephone number and after giving that number says ‘Just be discreet about it yeah?’. That speaks volumes as to whether he believed his actions to be appropriate – why would he want the pupil to be discreet about it? This is something he wanted to hide from others and the only motivation for that is he knows it is wrong.

“He goes on to say: ‘You’re such a good-looking lad and so masculine’. The motivation there is one of flirting and there’s a sexual motivation behind that.”

Mr Evans began texting a person he thought was pupil A but he was in fact talking to a younger boy, known as child C in proceedings, who had not attended any school where Evans had taught.

Detailing the conversation, Ms Dewi said: “Mr Evans said to pupil A: ‘How can I know you are genuine, don’t you know how dangerous it is for me?’.

“He later said: ‘You must promise not to tell a soul, I could get locked up man’. How Mr Evans can say that is not appropriate I do not know.”

A police investigation later found no criminal behaviour in relation to Mr Evans’ contact with his former pupils.

Giving evidence at the hearing, investigating officer and Fitzalan High School assistant head Judith Rees said Evans had told her during an interview that he was at a teaching conference in Manchester when he sent a photograph of himself bending over a bed with his bare bottom on show to who he thought was pupil A.

Ms Rees said Evans claimed his judgement had been “impaired” because he had been drinking at the conference.

Ms Dewi continued: “Mr Evans would and should have been aware when he sends an image he loses control of it.

“There’s regular training on the use of social media and he should have filtered that into his response.

“The possibility of that image being shared was eminently foreseeable and unfortunately transpired. He should clearly have known better not to sen that image even if he felt it was a private message.”

Social worker Hannah Watts also gave evidence at the hearing.

She interviewed pupil A and B, who said they felt bad how things had transpired and they did not want Evans to lose his job.

They said they had contacted him as “a joke” and “a laugh” and wanted to find out if he was gay but Evans made the conversations “flirty and weird”.

In his summation Colin Adkins, representing Evans, said his client had left the teaching profession and no longer wished to teach following his experience.

Mr Adkins said: “The children said they were not trying to get Mr Evans into trouble but were trying to set him off and find out he was gay. It can only be for a malicious intent.

“Outing a gay man is not a joke. As a result of these homophobic actions of setting him off Mr Evans has to face the consequences of the EWC.”

He added: “We cannot be in a position to let children carry out hateful acts towards members of the profession and end their ability to carry out work they have been qualified to do.

“It cannot be just or fair they succeed in setting Mr Evans up.”

The hearing continues.

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