Ex-police officer turned school music teacher banned from classroom for ‘having sex with two pupils’

Andrew Prouse, 41, failed to attend a disciplinary hearing which found him guilty of abusing his position

Hearing: The case was heard by the National College of Teaching and Leadership
A former police officer and music teacher has been banned from the classroom after a disciplinary hearing heard he had sex with two pupils.
Andrew Prouse, 41, kissed and hugged pupils and had sex with two girls who were aged just eight and 13 when he met them, a teaching panel heard.
He failed to attend a disciplinary hearing which found him guilty of abusing his position and engaging in “inappropriate relationships” with the girls.
Alan Meyrick, deputy director of the National College of Teaching and Leadership, who held the panel-led hearing, said: “This case is a very serious one and involves a very serious breach of the trust.
“It involves serious sexual misconduct accompanied by other very serious behaviours.
“Mr Prouse has shown no remorse or insight. Indeed he has sought to blame others for his behaviour.”
Prouse was a policeman for 12 years and also taught music at a Gloucester school, the panel heard.
The findings said one girl – identified only as Miss A – claimed they first had sex when he booked a hotel room in 2008.
The girl also claimed they had sex at her house, when he ‘usually arrived in his police uniform’ and she said the sexual relationship continued at university.
A second girl – Miss B – said on the day after her 18th birthday in 2011, she and Prouse ended up kissing and she claimed the relationship became sexual.
The hearing heard Prouse had shown a pattern of controlling behaviour towards the girls.
It ruled there should be no review of his lifetime ban from teaching in any school, sixth form college, youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
Gloucestershire Constabulary conducted an investigation and although they did not meet a criminal threshold, an investigation was completed during which Prouse quit.
A police spokesman said: “A range of safeguards were put in place to mitigate the risk to the public from this officer pending this investigation and consultation did take place with partner agencies.
“We remain satisfied it was in the interests of the complainants, their families and the public to allow him to resign.”
Jane Bee, at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The safeguarding of children is an absolute priority for us.
“As soon as we were made aware of the allegations, we followed the Government’s allegations management process, also involving the police, and began an investigation.”

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