Teacher banned after sending inappropriate images to vulnerable adult

General view of Somercotes Academy in North Somercotes
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A secondary school teacher has been banned from teaching indefinitely after he sent photos of himself undressed to a vulnerable adult. A professional conduct panel was held in April 2024 to assess the actions of Mr Andrew Brown, a former teacher of the Somercotes Academy in North Somercotes, near Louth.

Mr Brown started teaching maths at the school on September 1, 2022. Days later on or around September 4, he sent two photos of an inappropriate and sexual nature to a vulnerable woman.

These images showed himself undressed from the waist up and an image showing his exposed groin area. The recipient reported the images and the police tried to contact Mr Brown on September 30, 2022.

Officers then attended his house twice again and left a note asking him to contact the police. On October 12 he agreed to meet the police on October 22, 2022.

He admitted his actions and accepted a "community resolution order" from the police but failed to inform the school of this. This led to his suspension on November 2, 2022, followed by the termination of his employment on December 19, 2022.

At the time of his meeting with the police the school was in half-term, however, the panel found it difficult to understand why he didn't email the senior leadership team at the school or try to arrange a meeting for the first say back. The panel determined that Mr Andrew Brown's actions "fell significantly short of the standards" expected of a teacher.

The teacher admitted the facts and allegations were true, but did not admit that they amounted to unacceptable professional conduct or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute. The panel heard Mr Brown had deleted the exchange between himself and the woman before he met the police.

A Somercotes Academy spokesperson said: "Andrew Brown was employed at the school as a teacher from 1st September 2022, following a recruitment process and satisfactory references. We were informed by the police on 2nd November of their investigation involving another adult outside of school and he was suspended with immediate effect.

"Disciplinary proceedings begun and he was dismissed on 19th December, 2022." On Wednesday, May 1, Marc Cavey, on behalf of the Secretary of State, said that Mr Brown "is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England".

The former teacher can apply for the prohibition order to be set aside, but this can not be until May 1, 2027, at the earliest. If he does apply, a panel will meet to consider if the order should be set aside, but without a successful application, Mr Brown will remain banned from teaching.