Teacher who sent nude photo of butt to student is banned from teaching

A teacher who sent inappropriate and explicit photos to a former pupil and told him not to tell "a soul" has been banned from teaching.

Dale Evans, who was the head of music at Cardiff High School, sent sexually charged messages, including explicit images to a boy who he believed to be a 17-year-old former pupil, known as 'Pupil A' at the school where he had previously worked. Evans had also been in contact with another former pupil on Facebook, who he had called "fit" and "cute".

It is being reported the Evans began texting a younger boy, who was pretending to be a former student, telling him not to tell anyone about their conversation or he could face being "locked up". The evidence was presented at An Education Workforce Council (EWC) hearing, at which Evans was not present.

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The man claims that the messages were private sexual conversations between two consenting adults. The former teacher also claims that he had previously been the victim of homophobic and discriminatory treatment from pupils during his time at the school. According to Evans, pupils had told him that they were gay and then outed him by sharing his photos on Snapchat.

Cadi Dewi, the case presenter, made her case to the fitness to practise committee in which she claimed that Evans' actions had been sexually motivated and were an example to “unacceptable professional conduct”:

“When pupil A explains he is gay and asks Mr Evans if he is, rather than shutting down the conversation, he says ‘What do you think?’ and asks ‘What do you want me to be?’."

“In further examples Mr Evans offers his telephone number and after giving that number says ‘Just be discreet about it yeah?’. That speaks volumes as to whether he believed his actions to be appropriate – why would he want the pupil to be discreet about it."

"This is something he wanted to hide from others and the only motivation for that is he knows it is wrong."

“He goes on to say: ‘You’re such a good-looking lad and so masculine’. The motivation there is one of flirting and there’s a sexual motivation behind that.”

Evans had begun talking to the boy, who he believed to be 'pupil A', but in fact, was known as child C in the proceedings. Detailing the specifics of the conversations, Ms Dewi said:

“Mr Evans said to pupil A: ‘How can I know you are genuine, don’t you know how dangerous it is for me?’."

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“He later said: ‘You must promise not to tell a soul, I could get locked up man’. How Mr Evans can say that is not appropriate I do not know.”

Giving evidence at the hearing, investigating officer Judith Rees said that Evans had told her his judgement had been impaired when he sent the photo, due to the fact that he had been drinking.

“Mr Evans would and should have been aware when he sends an image he loses control of it."

“There’s regular training on the use of social media and he should have filtered that into his response."

“The possibility of that image being shared was eminently foreseeable and unfortunately transpired. He should clearly have known better not to send that image even if he felt it was a private message.”

In his summation, Colin Adkins, who was representing Evans at the hearing, said his client had left the teaching profession and no longer wished to teach after the experience.

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“The children said they were not trying to get Mr Evans into trouble but were trying to set him off and find out he was gay. It can only be for a malicious intent"

“Outing a gay man is not a joke. As a result of these homophobic actions of setting him off Mr Evans has to face the consequences of the EWC.”

He added:

“We cannot be in a position to let children carry out hateful acts towards members of the profession and end their ability to carry out work they have been qualified to do."

"It cannot be just or fair they succeed in setting Mr Evans up.”

While Evans was no doubt a victim of a malicious prank, he should've known better than sending explicit photos to former pupils.