Teacher's porn films for sale on internet

17th September 2010 at 01:00
But she escapes ban, despite home-made videos being `two clicks away' from pupils

A primary teacher has been reprimanded after homemade pornography - some of which was sold on the internet - was found on her school laptop.

Jane Moyle's classroom computer was found to contain nine videos and 12 images of her engaging in sex acts with her husband, Colin, who previously taught law at a secondary.

The hardcore content was just "two clicks away" from being seen by pupils, a disciplinary panel was told.

Some of the videos were for sale on a website under the title "my sexy secretary's blow jobs". The computer had also been used to visit a website selling pornographic clips, where a further 80 graphic videos featuring Mrs Moyle were found.

The mother of three was dismissed from Ysgol Y Graig Primary School, Merthyr Tydfil, for gross misconduct in January 2009. Last week, a disciplinary committee of the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) found Mrs Moyle guilty of unacceptable professional conduct, but it did not ban her from the classroom.

Mr Moyle was working as a law instructor at Heolddu comprehensive school in Bargoed, Caerphilly, at the time of the incident and resigned in May 2009. But because he was not a registered teacher he will not face any disciplinary action via the GTCW.

The committee accepted Mrs Moyle's claim that the material was uploaded without her knowledge by her husband, who was suffering from depression, but said the laptop was ultimately her responsibility.

The material was discovered by IT technicians at Merthyr Tydfil council in December 2008 after Mrs Moyle reported a fault with her laptop.

Colin Mahoney, a counter-fraud manager with Merthyr Tydfil council, said: "There was no password. Anyone could have accessed the images in two clicks."

Mr Mahoney could not say whether the laptop was ever used by pupils or left unattended, but said it was kept in the classroom during school time. He said anyone viewing the images would have been able to identify Mrs Moyle.

Technicians also found hundreds of illegally-downloaded music files and an illegally-downloaded copy of the film Mamma Mia, as well as a thousand family photographs and video-editing software, none of which was permitted on a school laptop.

Gareth Morgan Jones, former vice chair of governors at Ysgol Y Graig who chaired Ms Moyle's disciplinary hearing, said: "She was a willing and informed participant in the making and sale of the material. There were so many images we felt there was no way she would not have known they were there."

Clive Tovey, a former governor of Ysgol Y Graig who chaired Mrs Moyle's unsuccessful appeal hearing in April 2009, said her actions "in such a small Welsh village, would have brought the school into disrepute".

"The council didn't issue the computer for the purpose of putting pornographic films on there," he said.

Tom Williams, head of the school at the time, said Mrs Moyle was a good teacher and described her as "gregarious, outgoing and sociable".

Mrs Moyle gave her evidence in private, but in her disciplinary hearing she denied knowledge of the porn and said she would not have given her laptop to IT staff if she had known.

She said the videos were shot for her husband's "private use" and did not know they were for sale online.

Committee chair Jacqui Turnbull said her failure to monitor her laptop was a "serious lapse of professional judgment". But she said Mrs Moyle's actions were "naive, not deliberate" and she had shown remorse. The reprimand will remain on her file for two years.

Although he did not attend the hearing, Colin Moyle said in interview that he uploaded the porn without his wife's knowledge.

A Caerphilly council spokesman said: "The disciplinary panel of the school conducted a disciplinary hearing and concluded that had Mr Moyle not resigned he would have been dismissed for gross misconduct."

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