A DISGRACED teacher who made a 15-year-old girl enter a ‘slave contract’ with him and had sex with her in a hotel room shortly after she turned 16 has been banned from classrooms.
Kelvin Loraine, 31, kept up regular telephone and email contact with the teenager after meeting her on an online chat room.
The panel have noted that Mr Loraine’s behaviour amounts to serious sexual misconduct. He was the instigator of indecent images of a child being taken which he then had in his possession for his own sexual gratification.Paul Heathcote
The girl, referred to as Child A, sent Loraine over 40 images of herself naked and performed sex acts on Skype at his behest.
Loraine, a former teacher at Hetton School, then made the girl sign a ‘slave contract’ shortly after turning 16 before travelling hundreds of miles from his home in Durham to have sex with her in a hotel room, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) was told at a professional conduct panel hearing held in Coventry.
He admitted to police that he was aware Child A was only 15 when they first met, but allowed her to send up to 40 images of herself naked to him. He then asked her to perform sex acts for him on Skype.
Shortly after her 16th birthday the girl entered into a ‘slave contract’ with Loraine, the panel was told. Loraine then travelled to the south west so he could have sex with the girl in a hotel.
Loraine received a police caution last July for possessing indecent photographs of a child. He said he accepted the caution on the basis those images were taken when the girl was 16, adding he was unaware a person had to be 18 in respect of such images.
The NCTL panel imposed a prohibition order with no provision to have it set aside, effectively kicking him out of teaching.
The decision was backed by Paul Heathcote, on behalf of the Secretary of State.
He said: “The panel have found proven a range of allegations relating to an inappropriate relationship with child A, they have found his actions to be sexually motivated and they have taken into account a caution for the offence of possessing an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child.
“The panel have judged the facts to amount to both unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
“The panel are satisfied that Mr Loraine’s behaviour is incompatible with being a teacher.
“Despite his previous good history as a teacher and his expressions of regret, the panel have recommended that it is both appropriate and proportionate to impose a prohibition order. I agree with their recommendation.
“The panel have noted that Mr Loraine’s behaviour amounts to serious sexual misconduct. He was the instigator of indecent images of a child being taken which he then had in his possession for his own sexual gratification.
“I agree with the panel’s recommendation that the order should be without the opportunity to apply for it to set aside at a future date.”
A statement from Hetton School said: “The person in question is a former employee of Hetton School. Following information supplied to the school by the Local Authority Designated Officer, he was immediately suspended from employment pending a Police investigation which did not result in a criminal prosecution. He resigned from his post later that school year.
“All safeguarding procedures were followed throughout and the incident did not involve any member of our school or local community. Hetton School has a clear and consistently applied Safeguarding Policy and we place the welfare and safety of our students above all else.”