London teacher trying to send sex messages to children barred

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former head of PE at a school in south-west London has been barred from teaching after trying to send sexual messages to children.

David Bryan, 38, had worked at Twickenham School in Whitton, Richmond, for five years before retiring in 2020, while under investigation for the offenses.

He was sentenced to four months probation in February last year after confessing to three counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with thirteen-year-old children.

On Friday, the Teaching Regulation Agency excluded Bryan from teaching, saying it had no evidence that he was remorseful for his actions.

“The panel noted that the offense had taken place outside the school and did not involve students from the school where Mr Bryan worked or other staff,” the regulator stated.

“But the panel concluded that Mr Bryan’s actions were relevant to teaching, working with children and / or working in an educational setting, as Mr Bryan had tried to engage in sexual communication with children, each of whom stated that they were 13 years old. old. “

“Further, Mr. Bryan was responsible for teaching persons of that age.”

It added that “there was no indication from the panel documents that Mr Bryan was remorseful or had shown insight into his conduct”.

Decision-maker, Alan Meyrick, said: “In my view, the lack of insight and remorse means that there is some risk of repeating this behavior, and this puts students’ future well-being at risk.

“I have therefore attached great importance to this element in my decision”.

The injunction means that the 38-year-old is barred from teaching in any educational environment in England for the rest of his life. He is also not allowed to seek the lifting of the ban.

Bryan was ordered to conduct rehab activities, issued a sexual assault prevention order and a notice of sex offenders to remain in place for ten years at a hearing in Surrey Magistrates Court in February 2021.

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