A Queensland teacher’s relationship with a female Year 12 student only uncovered years later when she started to work as a teacher herself.
The male teacher can go back to teaching as early as September 2022, a tribunal has found.
The pair had sex in the teacher’s car, at the student’s home and on empty beaches, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard.
The teacher, then 28, had sex with his 17-year-old student on numerous occasions in 2008. Their relationship lasted 11 months.
Authorities didn’t find out about the affair until eight years later, after the ex-student, who had become a teacher, told another teacher.
The teacher was suspended in 2017 and the Queensland College of Teachers launched an investigation into his conduct.
The tribunal ruled on April 28 that the teacher will not be able to reapply for registration or permission to teach until September, 2022.
Before he can reapply for permission to teach, after the five-year prohibition period, from 2017, the teacher has to provide a psychological report to QCT.
“In light of these previous decisions and the mitigating factors present in the current matter we consider a prohibition period of five years to be appropriate,” the tribunal said.
These mitigating factors included the teacher’s full co-operation with investigators, and his “expressed remorse”, according to the tribunal.
The teacher told the tribunal he began flirting with his student after he slept near her at a school camp in 2007.
He then sent her emails from his personal account and arranged to meet her at night at a beach, where he kissed her.
The teacher had sex with the girl at various locations including her home, while her parents were at work, in his car and at a hotel.
During the third term the teacher arranged for them to take a day off school and they spent it at a beach, having sex in the sand dunes, the tribunal heard.
The sexual relationship continued for months after the girl left school.
“He knew his conduct was wrong and took steps to ensure the relationship was not discovered, including by using a personal email account,” a tribunal member said.