A TEACHER who romped with a schoolgirl half his age has been banned from the classroom.
Matthew Dawson, 38, had a six-month fling with the 17-year-old after offering to help her with an eating disorder.
He was struck from the teaching register following a misconduct hearing.
The Teaching Regulation Agency was told that he had seduced the teen in 2014, while working at SWB Academy in Wolverhampton, West Mids.
He would meet her at his flat to drink alcohol and have sex.
The alarm was raised when a friend of the girl later learned he was to start work at her school.
Dawson, formerly of Ferguson Drive, Tipton, was jailed for a year in 2016 after admitting sexual activity with a child by abuse of position.
The disciplinary panel, sitting in Coventry, said his return to the profession could undermine the safety of pupils.
Panel chair Mark Speakman added: “There is a strong public interest consideration in respect of the protection of pupils.
“A prohibition order would, therefore, prevent such a risk from being present in the future.
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“In my view, it is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession.”
Imposing the indefinite ban, civil servant Dawn Dandy said: “The panel has found that Mr Dawson has been responsible for serious sexual misconduct in circumstances of an abuse of his position of trust and is subject to the sex offenders notification requirements for 10 years.”
Dawson has 28 days to appeal the decision at the High Court.
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