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Aussie Teacher Banned From Teaching Until 2023 After Affair

A Queensland man has been banned from teaching for seven years after having sex with a 17-year-old student during school hours.

It's alleged the inappropriate relationship between the 36-year-old teacher and year 11 student took place in 2014, but was only reported by a concerned student last year.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard the relationship became “over familiar” when the 36-year-old began teaching the student's Year 11 class.

A judgement states, the teacher gave the female student gifts and engaged in email banter that bordered on 'crude.' The married teacher was also accused of leaving an envelope with $200 in it at the school's office for the girl to spend at schoolies.      

The tribunal heard the teacher discussed their home lives and used nicknames to refer to the pair. It's understood they engaged in a sexual relationship, meeting up for sex during school hours, at a park and the teacher's home before the student graduated in 2015. All the while, the teacher's wife worked at the school. 

In order to spend time with the student, the married man enlisted the help of a colleague to provide an alibi to his wife. The tribunal heard the teacher had asked his colleague to tell his wife he was at the movies with him, because he was planning a surprise party for his wife.

The teacher has since resigned and has been ordered to pay $5,000 in costs to the Queensland College of Teacher. He is prohibited from reapplying for registration until 20 December 2023. 

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