Classroom ban for teacher who sexually abused boys

5th July 2013 at 01:00

A primary teacher has been struck off after he subjected two boys to sustained sexual abuse when they were as young as 11.

Caven Muirhead was sent to prison for 18 months earlier this year after being found guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court of a series of offences.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland's fitness to teach panel heard that between 1992 and May 1996, he used "lewd, indecent and libidinous practices" and behaviour towards Child A, who was aged between 11 and 14.

The offences were committed at various places across Scotland, including Tillicoultry and a caravan park in either Lossiemouth or Aberfoyle.

Muirhead also used "lewd, indecent and libidinous" behaviour towards Child B, aged between 11 and 12, at Findhorn Bay caravan park in Moray. The offences were committed between June and August 1989, or June and August 1990.

A further incident occurred with Child B at an address in Tillicoultry between June and August 1989.

The GTCS panel heard that Muirhead had been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

It noted that Muirhead did not admit the facts or that his fitness to teach had been impaired, but provided no evidence or reasons to support his position.

In a written GTCS judgment, Muirhead - suspended from his teaching job with Clackmannanshire Council in February 2010 - was declared unfit to teach as his conduct had been "fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher".

- An Angus computing teacher has been struck off after he was convicted last year at Forfar Sheriff Court of sharing indecent photographs of children in October 2011, from an address in Birkhill, by Dundee.

Angus McCormack was also convicted of taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs of children, between June and October 2011, also in Birkhill.

He was imprisoned for three and a half years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register before his case was considered by the GTCS panel.

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