February 2015

Teacher banned from schools for at least five years after admitting sex offences

A high school teacher has been told he cannot teach for at least five years following his conviction for two sex offences.

Karl Hogg, a former English teacher at Thorpe St Andrew School was given a three-year community order last year after he admitted two offences of voyeurism unconnected with the school.

The 48-year-old was last week the subject of a hearing by a professional conduct panel from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Mr Hogg did not attend, but the panel recommended that he should be prohibited from teaching in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

The final decision was made by Paul Heathcote, an official acting on behalf of education secretary Nicky Morgan. In a report published yesterday, he said: “The panel have recommended a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct.”

Mr Hogg was convicted last February of installing equipment with the intention of observing another person without their consent, and of recording them, without their knowledge. The offences were unconnected with his professional position and did not involve pupils or colleagues.

He had been suspended from Thorpe St Andrew School after his initial arrest, and was dismissed following his conviction.

In the report, the panel said it took into account Mr Hogg’s previous good character and the many positive testimonials from former students at the school he had taught at since 2004. But it went on: “However his actions leading to the convictions were deliberate, involved planning, and took place over a prolonged period.”

The panel did not consider that Mr Hogg presented an ongoing risk to pupils, but said: “The offences were serious, which is reflected in the sentence imposed. The offences could undermine public confidence in the teaching profession and bring the profession into disrepute.”

Mr Hogg will be permitted to apply to have the prohibition order set aside after at least five years.

Without a successful application, he is prohibited from teaching indefinitely, but the panel concluded it was not necessary to impose a lifetime ban.

As part of his original sentence, he was required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for a period of five years until March 28 2019 and was ordered to participate in a sex offenders treatment programme.