A primary school teacher who massaged a 15-year-old boy in his bedroom after going around his house to play COMPUTER GAMES has been banned from the classroom.
Richard Keen ,25, was working as a supply teacher when he befriending the young boy in June 2010.
He told the youngster he knew sports massages techniques and over the next 12 months gave the youngster regular rub-downs for a ‘leg-injury’.
The lad’s horrified father found out that the trainee teacher had been massaging his son in June 2010 and alerted police.
Keen – who was about to start a full-time job at Gladstone Primary, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., – was subsequently arrested and suspended from his post.
He was cleared of three charges of sexual activity with a child following a trial at Stafford Crown Court in February 2012.
However, the case was still referred to the National College for a further disciplinary investigation.
Earlier this month Keen, from Stoke, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a Teaching Agency hearing in Coventry.
A disciplinary panel described his behaviour as a serious breach of the trust and confidence placed in him as a teacher.
The committee were told Keen would regularly visit his home to play computer games in his bedroom, and this is where the massages would occur.
They concluded that Keen showed a ‘deep-seated attitude’ which could lead to harmful behaviour and that his actions were ‘ill judged, misguided and reckless.’
On Monday Education Secretary Michael Gove issued a prohibition order, banning Keen from teaching young people.
He must wait at least three years before he can apply to have the ban lifted.
Chair of the panel Gail Goodman, said: “There may be circumstances when a teacher can give a massage to a child, but not in the confines of a child’s bedroom when no other adult is present and when there is no obvious reason for the massage.
“The fact that the child was a friend does not justify the privacy of the arrangement.
“It was ill judged, misguided and reckless.
“It was his responsibility to makes sure that his conduct did not bring the profession into disrepute.
“The panel finds he failed to maintain appropriate boundaries.
“Mr Keen’s behaviour was repetitive and he showed no insight.
“When interviewed in the disciplinary hearing, he stated that he could not understand that his behaviour could be seen as inappropriate and that he still could not see a problem.
“Further he had not engaged in any meaningful way or showed any remorse. The mitigating features were his inexperience and perhaps his naivety.”
Gladstone Primary School headteacher Elaine Preston told the hearing that she became aware of the allegations on June 27, 2011 – just 25 days after appointing Keen to a permanent teaching post at the school.
She conducted an internal inquiry with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and suspended him from his post.
After the case, Mrs Preston said: “Allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made against the teacher and the case was referred by the authority to the General Teaching Council.
“The teacher has been struck off the teaching register following a hearing and has been dismissed before taking up any post with the school.”