Robert Carwardine

A teacher in Torbay has been arrested over allegations he groomed a pupil for sex.

The 49-year-old man has been bailed pending further inquiries into claims he had an inappropriate relationship with a female pupil under the age of 16.

A police statement confirmed: “A 49-year-old man from South Devon has been arrested on suspicion of grooming a child under the age of 16 years and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries. The police are working with a school in South Devon as part of a multi-agency safeguarding response to the investigation.

“This investigation relates to a known individual child and currently there are no wider safeguarding concerns.”

A spokesman at the school confirmed the teacher was no longer employed by them.

The spokesman said: “The school can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation into a former member of staff.”

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