Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teacher Who Groped His Pupils Is Banned for Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teacher Who Groped His Pupils Is Banned for Life

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

ADISGRACED Sunderland teacher who groped and propositioned pupils has been given a lifetime classroom ban.

Paul Coxon, 53, who taught at Thornhill School, was found guilty by a teachers' disciplinary panel of allegations brought against him by shocked pupils who said he crossed professional boundaries on a number of occasions between 2001 and 2012.

One of the girls told the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel at the hearing in Coventry that Coxon had asked her whether she was a virgin, gestured at his crotch and commented: "Come and sit on it".

He looked at her chest and said "Oh I like that" and told her "The things I want to do to you, you wouldn't believe".

On another occasion he said: "I bet you are good at sucking things."

The panel also heard he groped another girl and touched her intimately, and told her: "I want to be the first one to have sex with you." And he asked her: "Here's a question. Do you do oral sex?" He then folded his arms across another girl's chest, squeezing her and lifting her off the floor.

He also made a remark to a male pupil which was "mocking and humiliating" in front of his classmates.

The panel said the girl pupils were "convincing and reliable" but said "by contrast, we found Mr Coxon to be unreliable and inconsistent when providing his evidence".

They said: "Mr Coxon repeatedly made sexually motivated and inappropriate comments to two pupils. His behaviour was on several occasions offensive... Furthermore, he touched pupils on intimate areas on numerous occasions."

The panel found that he was guilty of sexually motivated conduct and unacceptable professional behaviour which could bring the teaching profession into disrepute.

Imposing the ban on behalf of the Education Secretary, Alan Meyrick, deputy director of the NCTL, said: "I am satisfied that Mr Coxon's conduct fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession. …

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