The Daily Mail reports 37-year-old Harry White was fired from Sixth Form College Farnborough after making multiple sexual comments aimed at one of his young students, according to testimony at a misconduct panel.
The panel ruled that the teacher’s behavior was “consistent with the characteristics of grooming.”
White is accused of grooming the young woman, which started with casting her in a “risqué” role for a musical production put on at the school.
The panel heard shocking allegations that the teacher “told Pupil A to buy ‘slutty’ underwear that pushed her cleavage ‘up as much as possible’ for the role.”
As a result of the testimony, the Teaching Regulation Agency made the decision that White may be a danger to his pupils, and he has been since forbidden from stepping inside a classroom.
Sixth form students in the UK are roughly the equivalent of high school senior students in the United States.
The misconduct panel also listened to a deposition of reports that White had made relentless sexual utterances directed at his teenage student, as well as numerous improper advances including recounting his sexual dreams while on a college music field trip and questioning a female student about porn.
“Pupil A informed Pupil J [another student] that Mr. White had described a graphic sex scene to Pupil A in the television series ‘House of Cards’ in which an older 50-year-old politician had performed a sexual act on a 19-year-old girl,” the panel wrote in the decision that prohibited White from teaching in schools.
According to the Daily Mail, when White was giving the student a ride in his car, he grilled her about if she performed sex acts on herself, the misconduct panel heard.
According to the BBC, White kept pursuing the relationship even after the student graduated from the school.
It is said that the relentless teacher continued to send her gifts, a poem, made requests for lewd photographs of her in her underwear, and conducted a graphic sexual act in front of her on Skype, according to the panel.
The teacher was put on suspension and subsequently fired after the student’s concerned parents penned a letter to the school to tell them about White’s alleged sexual misconduct.
White was not present at the hearing but has since denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
“We may well have exchanged about 30 pictures. These were all in the context of friendship,” White had previously remarked.
The panel also heard testimony that White had requested that the student delete all of the messages he sent to her.
The ruling from the panel said the newly sacked educator’s behavior constituted “serious sexual misconduct” in their decision on the issue.
White is now indefinitely prohibited from classrooms and will not be permitted to reapply to teach ever again.
The Sixth Form College Farnborough emphasized that once they were made aware of the scandalous situation, they “acted decisively and as a matter of urgency.”
The school explained in a statement: “The College treats all allegations and complaints of this nature with the utmost seriousness, placing the highest priority on the safeguarding of all students in its care. Such instances are very rare. However, whilst we are confident that the disciplinary procedures followed on this occasion were supportive, robust and effective, the College has taken the opportunity to reflect on the issues raised by this case and is, accordingly, reviewing its staff training, policies and practice.”