Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

Disciplinary Committee

Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

Disciplinary Committee

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Re: a registered student

When considering allegations against a male registered student, who admitted that he was guilty of misconduct, the committee found that the registered student was guilty of misconduct, where his conduct had resulted in his conviction on four counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency, all involving the same young female victim (aged 15 years at the time in 2002), who was unconnected with his work situation.

He had, therefore, acted in a manner inconsistent with the good reputation of the profession and/or failed to refrain from conduct that might bring discredit to the profession, so the conduct resulting in the conviction was relevant to his registration with the institute.

The committee heard evidence of the respondent's conduct and personal circumstances. Aggravating factors were that several sexually motivated incidents took place involving the young female and a breach of trust and abuse of power, although over a relatively short period. The committee also criticised the respondent's decision not to allow disclosure of the police report.

Mitigating factors were that the respondent had pleaded guilty promptly in the criminal proceedings; had no previous disciplinary record; had expressed remorse; had a supportive family and friends who testified that the offences had been committed at a time of deep personal crisis. And he had complied positively to date with punishments already imposed under the criminal justice system. The respondent had part-time employment while still studying at university. There had also been a delay in the matter being determined.

The committee stated that the misconduct was serious and considered carefully whether to cancel the respondent's student registration. However, in the light of his submissions, the committee decided first to impose a severe reprimand and second to make the respondent's registration with the institute conditional on his compliance with the requirement to register with the police under the Sex Offenders Act 1997 for five years. …

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