A Queensland teacher who engaged in a sexual relationship with a “vulnerable” teenage student he met on Tinder maintains he did not act inappropriately, according to a tribunal decision.
The 38-year-old suspended male teacher, identified as PPK, claimed it was not inappropriate to have a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old who was a student at a school where he worked because he was never directly her teacher.
The teacher made submissions that there was no “power imbalance” between the pair because he never taught her.
The decision referred to the teacher telling the teen she was a “good girl” when she said she was sick and was attempting to get better in time to have a sexual meeting at his invitation.
He also texted her that “maybe you should bring your uniform over tomorrow night”.
The student also called the teacher “daddy”.
The tribunal found there was a power imbalance between the pair.
They said the situation had been made worse because the student was vulnerable and had called the teacher when she had been kicked out of her accommodation with no where to go.
The Queensland College of Teachers referred the matter to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal which found the man’s behaviour to be “predatory, overbearing and inappropriate”.
The tribunal found there were grounds for discipline and made orders for the college to file submissions on what the appropriate sanctions were.
It was ordered that PPK must make submissions in response.
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