Teacher Finally Clears Name After Unfounded Harassment Allegation

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015
Teacher finally clears name after unfounded harassment allegation

A PE teacher has had an unfounded harassment claim removed from his criminal record after a court ruled that it was a breach of his right to a private life.

Police in Cumbria had previously refused to remove the accusation from the 44-year-old's 'criminal record certificate', a document available to potential employers.

The Telegraph reports that the teacher's career was destroyed when he was accused of harassing an 18-year-old female pupil in 2010.

She had told the police that the teacher had bumped into her in a pub and had hugged her and pressed her chest to him 'four or five times'. She also alleged that he whispered: "I want you to come round to mine - two hours - £200 every month."

The man denied 'having spoken to or even seen' the pupil, and the police concluded that no further action should be taken.

In a written ruling, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith accused the police of a 'disproportionate and unjustifiable' breach of the teacher's right to private life with the complaint remaining on file.

The court heard that when the unnamed man applied for a post as a supply teacher months after the accusations were made, a member of staff at the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), contacted one of the investigating officers, PC Anita Owen.

In a later CRB request, the same officer suggested she believed the teenager's allegation and that the teacher was guilty of harassing her. Michelle Skeer - then assistant chief constable - subsequently authorised Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate disclosure.

The judge said this dealt a 'killer blow' to the teacher's employment prospects after he left the school, and ordered for the allegation to be removed.

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