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Merseyside teacher banned from the classroom after viewing indecent images of children

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) said behaviour amounted to “serious misconduct”

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A former Merseyside lecturer who admitted viewing indecent photographs of children has been banned from the classroom for life.
Mark Donaldson Bryson, 53, was arrested in September 2011 for the making and possession of indecent images.
He admitted making indecent photographs of children or pseudo-photographs of children and was cautioned for the offence in March 2013.
Police reported Bryson, who taught at further education colleges in the North West, to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in January this year.
A Professional Conduct Panel has now recommended he should be banned from teaching for life.
The panel’s report said: “In the panel’s judgment the viewing of indecent photographs of children over a prolonged period of time clearly amount to serious misconduct on the part of Mr Bryson.
“It is behaviour which is incompatible with the standards of conduct expected of teachers and may well bring the profession into disrepute.”
The panel was told Bryson had received counselling and had expressed “great remorse” for his actions.
Bryson did not attend the meeting in Coventry but the panel heard he did not intend to return to teaching.
The report said: “The panel has not had the benefit of knowing the precise number of images involved or the seriousness of the
images.
“However, the panel is of the view that the viewing of any indecent photographs of children, at whatever level of seriousness, contributes towards harm to children.
“Whilst the panel notes that Mr Bryson states that he currently has no intention of returning to teaching, the panel must be conscious of the fact that that is something which might change in the future.”
He added: “In the panel’s view the conduct in question is so unacceptable that only a prohibition order can meet the public interest in this case and must outweigh the effect of any order either on Mr Bryson personally or on his family.
The order bars Bryson from teaching indefinitely in any school, sixth form college, youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
He has a right to appeal the order within 28 days.

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