Teacher banned from classroom after being caught viewing adult content in school

A teacher has been banned from every classroom in Britain after being caught watching porn in school.

Peter Drake, who taught science for almost 30 years at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Northumberland, also visited a website called PlayNaughty.com and sent sexual messages to teenage girls.

A teaching watchdog has now banned the 57-year-old from the classroom indefinitely, Chronicle Live reports.

Drake was suspended in May 2019 after his "extremely unprofessional" online behaviour came to light.

The police were called and a day after his suspension he quit.

A Teaching Regulation Agency panel ruled that his behaviour had been "extremely concerning" given his position.

The report of the hearing says: "Whilst an isolated episode in the context of Mr Drake's career as a whole, the conduct in question persisted for several months.

"Within that time, Mr Drake's inappropriate activity was prolific.

"Certain sites accessed, some of the searches undertaken and aspects of the chat room activity were very concerning and called into question Mr Drake's professionalism and judgement."

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In messages to one 19-year-old on the website, he made numerous comments describing "a specific, overtly sexual fantasy" .

In another message, he wrote: "I have lots of scenarios – you want the role of a younger girl for an older man or something you would like to put forward to me?"

Mr Drake was rumbled by the school's IT system which flagged up that he had been using his school laptop to trawl the internet for sexual material for around three months, including searching for multiple pornographic sites days before his suspension.

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At the virtual hearing, he admitted unacceptable professional conduct for "sexually motivated" behaviour.

The panel added that while "there was no evidence to suggest that any of the sites accessed were illegal, aspects of his behaviour remained extremely concerning, particularly given his professional status."

In mitigation, it was claimed Mr Drake had shown regret and remorse for his actions.

The panel imposed an indefinite probation order which will be reviewed again in 2025 if Mr Drake wishes to return to the classroom.

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It said: "Mr Drake was in a position of responsibility and had an obligation to act as a role model.

"He failed in his duties in that regard. This was conduct of a sexual nature and Mr Drake was motivated by a desire to seek sexual gratification".

In a statement, a school spokesperson said: "Queen Elizabeth High School, as part of Hadrian Learning Trust, is committed to the highest standards of safeguarding in the interests of our students.

"Robust policies and procedures are in place that include the identification of any inappropriate internet use, and these are kept under regular review as part of our commitment to continuous improvement."

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