Teacher's porn: 'two clicks' from pupils

17th September 2010 at 01:00
Reprimand but no ban for woman who performed in sex tapes sold on the internet

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 school. 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 General Teaching Council for Wales disciplinary committee found Mrs Moyle guilty of unacceptable professional conduct, but did not ban her from the classroom.

Mr Moyle was working at Heolddu comprehensive school in Bargoed, Caerphilly, as a law instructor 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 1,000 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 Mrs Moyle's disciplinary hearing, said: "She was a willing and informed participant in the making and sale of the material."

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".

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

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". The reprimand will remain on her file for two years.

Paying the penalty: Those who overstepped the mark

- James Cooney, who taught at Sandfields Comprehensive in Port Talbot, received a two-year reprimand after accidentally showing pornography to pupils when using his personal laptop to play a DVD.

- Sean Riordan, who taught at Chamberlayne College for the Arts in Southampton, was suspended for 18 months after talking to pupils about porn, prostitution and sex.

- Andrew Miles, an IT teacher at Unity College in Northampton, a Christian school, received a six-month ban for running a pornography business in his spare time.

  • Original headline: Primary teacher's home-made porn was `two clicks away' from discovery by pupils

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