Vic teacher-student affair 'reprehensible'

Georgie Moore

A former Victorian teacher who had a "clandestine" affair with a female student has been stripped of his registration.

The Victorian Institute of Teaching says Daniel James Zampatti is not fit to teach, labelling his behaviour as "reprehensible on every level" following the three-month affair with the student in 2016.

"He conducted the relationship in a furtive and clandestine manner which involved subterfuge and deception," the institute said in a disciplinary ruling.

"He and the student knew what they were doing was wrong but he encouraged her to continue the relationship in ways that would avoid its disclosure."

Zampatti was found to have exchanged 400 text messages with the student - whom he had known for at least a decade - over a period of two days in July 2016.

The pair also exchanged photos of a "personal nature", with the relationship escalating to sexual activity and a weekend getaway.

The institute found Zampatti "showed little in the way of sustained remorse or a deep understanding of the consequences of his behaviour for all parties affected by it".

Zampatti, who did not attend the VIT hearing, was fired in October when news of the affair became known.

His teaching registration was cancelled in July.