A vice principal in the UK who groomed his female students and had sex with them in his office has been banned from ever teaching again.
Sean Aldridge, 39, has reportedly shown "no remorse" for his actions, resulting in the Teaching Regulation Agency watchdog banning him over his multiple offences.
The father of two, who taught PE, was employed at the Warblington School in Havant, Hampshire.
In July 2019 he was jailed for 12 years at Portsmouth Crown Court with 25 counts of non-recent sex offences including sexual activity with a child, and abusing his position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Arrested in 2017 and convicted in 2019
In documents released by the Teaching Regulation Agency, it stated Aldridge was arrested on November 23, 2017 in connection with an allegation of sexual activity with pupils whilst he was employed as a teacher at the school.
He was convicted in 2019 of six counts of penetrative sexual activity with a girl under 16, one count of sexual activity with a girl under 16 (no penetration), seven counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16, 10 counts of sexual activity with a girl 13 –17 and one count of causing/inciting a girl 13 –15 to engage in a penetrative sexual activity.
"The panel was satisfied that the conduct of Mr Aldridge was wholly contrary to the standards expected of the teaching profession," Peter Ward, who chaired the disciplinary hearing, said.
"Teachers are placed in a privileged position of trust and Mr Aldridge had abused his position."
The TRA panel described Aldridge's actions as "the most serious and gravest kind".
"Mr Aldridge’s actions in committing the offences had undoubtedly caused significant hurt and suffering to pupils who had been placed in his care," it said.
"The panel noted that Mr Aldridge’s behaviour ultimately led to a sentence of imprisonment, which was indicative of the seriousness of the offences committed.
"Further, that public confidence in the profession would be severely damaged in the event he was allowed to teach following his release from prison.
"In the light of the panel’s findings against Mr Aldridge which involved 25 counts of sexual activity with pupils, there was a very strong public interest consideration in respect of the protection of pupils given the serious and multiple findings of sexual activity with pupils."
Several outlets reported Aldridge had a secret second phone which he hid inside a jacket pocket kept in his wardrobe.
The court heard he reportedly used "Jack" as a code name with two of his victims saving his saved number as "Jack Ridge".
Aldridge has denied the allegations made against him, according to The Daily Mail.
“There was no indication from the documents before the panel that Mr Aldridge was remorseful or had shown insight into his conduct," Alan Meyrick, the deputy director of the TRA, said.
"In my judgment, the lack of insight means that there is some risk of the repetition of this behaviour and this puts at risk the future well-being of pupils."
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