An educator in England who was under fire for sending “sexually suggestive” messages to a female student on social media has been allowed to keep his job, as decided by a panel.
Craig Wrangles, 43, left his job as a teacher at Cowley International College in St. Helens, England after his inappropriate relationship with the girl was revealed by another student.
After resigning from his post, a misconduct panel convened in order to decide Wrangles’ fate. During this meeting they found Wrangles guilty of inappropriately contacting the student through Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsApp. He also sent messages wherein he requested for pictures of the girl and called her “baby."
The panel ultimately decided that Wrangles should be able to keep his job.
“The panel considered the risk of repetition to be negligible, given the level of insight and remorse demonstrated by Mr. Wrangles at the hearing and the absence of sexual motivation in this case,” the panel's report read. “Therefore the panel did not consider that pupils require protection from Mr. Wrangles in the future.”
The panel did find him guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct.” However, they determined that the former teacher never seriously considered taking the relationship beyond messaging.
“Although sexually suggestive, and clearly inappropriate given the teacher-pupil relationship,” the report continued, “the panel considered the messages to have been of a flirtatious and playful nature, rather than there having been any serious sexual intention on either part.”
Though police officials questioned Wrangles, they also determined that the relationship did not constitute serious legal action.
The Merseyside Police said, “He was interviewed under caution and, following a full investigation, it was determined no crime had been committed.”
The school hired Wrangles as a physics teacher in September 2013, but suspended him four months later after the messages came to light.
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