A junior school deputy head who asked a boy if he was gay or bi-sexual, then sent him a paedophile hunter video when he realised he was in a relationship with another man, has been banned from teaching for three years.
Darren Neve worked at Grange Community Junior School in Farnborough, công nghệ mạng Hampshire, from 1998 until December 2019, when he resigned.
The 50-year-old began communicating with the boy, referred to only as Child X, online from October 2019 and via WhatsApp.
He discussed Child X’s sexuality, made inappropriate comments and sent him the video of a paedophile hunter when he found out the child may have been forming a close relationship with a man over 17.
Darren Neve (pictured) asked a boy if he was gay or bi-sexual, then sent him a paedophile hunter video when he realised he was in a relationship with another man
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A Teaching Regulation Agency disciplinary panel sitting in Coventry saw screenshots of the messages exchanged between Neve and Child X.
When he asked Child X if he was gay or bi-sexual, Neve claimed he had mistakenly sent him the message instead of to a friend as part of a dare on a night out.
But the panel rejected that explanation and said Neve also sent another message about Child X’s sexuality directly on WhatsApp.
Neve also sent him a photo of his cat saying ‘it’s not all about size’ which the panel said had ‘innuendo connotations’.
Neve also told Child X that he had been a ‘naughty boi (sic)’ at a sleepover.
He sent the paedophile hunter video and told Child X he would report the incident and tell Child X’s father.
The panel was told Neve never had a teaching relationship with Child X, he met him on a website intended for those over 16 and the allegations happened outside the education setting.
Neve worked at Grange Community Junior School in Farnborough, Hampshire, from 1998 until December 2019, when he resigned
They also heard that Neve had signed a safeguarding certificate just a month before his contact with Child X but he continued to have wholly inappropriate communications with him unrelated to the furniture removal that they were originally arranging.
Neve said he was under significant strain at work, made a terrible error of judgement in his actions and had a good history in a 27-year-long career.
But he had also received a written warning in November 2018 in relation to inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature to a female colleague.
The panel said Neve was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and he has been banned from teaching for at least three years.