Malvery College biology teacher, 57, struck off after sending naked shower ‘selfie’ to girl, 18
Biology teacher, 57, at £40,000-a-year boarding school is struck off after sending naked shower ‘selfie’ to an 18-year-old schoolgirl he told ‘aroused him’ over explicit WhatsApp texts
- Dr Dean Sibthorpe, 57, sacked from Malvern College, Worcestershire, last June
- He had bombarded an 18-year-old schoolgirl with explicit WhatsApp messages
- Sibthorpe has now been struck off for three years after disciplinary panel ruling
A biology teacher at a £40,000-a-year boarding school has been struck off after sending explicit messages and photos to a teenage pupil.
Dr Dean Sibthorpe, 57, was sacked from Malvern College in Worcestershire, where he had worked for 13 years, after the messages came to light last June.
He had bombarded the 18-year-old girl with WhatsApp messages, telling her she made him ‘super hard’ and said ‘I’m extremely aroused at the mo.’
He also sent a picture, believed to be of himself, naked in the shower and told her she was ‘hot’ after receiving a lewd video of her touching herself in a sexual manner.
Sibthorpe has now been struck off for three years after a Teaching Regulation Agency disciplinary panel ruled his actions amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.
Dr Dean Sibthorpe, 57, (pictured) was sacked from Malvern College in Worcestershire, where he had worked for 13 years, after the messages came to light last June
Panel chairwoman Marjorie Harris said: ‘The panel concluded that Dr Sibthorpe’s conduct was sexually motivated.
‘We noted that both the wording used, and the context in which the WhatsApp exchanges took place, plainly indicated conduct of a sexual nature and / or sexual motivation.
‘The panel did not consider that Dr Sibthorpe’s actions could be construed any other way.
‘The panel was satisfied that the conduct of Dr Sibthorpe fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.
‘The panel was in no doubt, by the very nature of the evidence before it, that the exchanges via WhatsApp were wholly inappropriate given the role and position of trust that Dr Sibthorpe held as a teacher.
‘The language used within the messages, was significant of a close sexual connection, whether physically possible or not
‘The panel has made a recommendation to the Secretary of State that Dr Sibthorpe should be the subject of a prohibition order, with a review period of three years.’
Sibthorpe has now been struck off for three years after a Teaching Regulation Agency disciplinary panel ruled his actions amounted to unacceptable professional conduct
The concerns were first raised by three pupils, including the one he sent messages to, on June 4 last year and he was subsequently dismissed from Malvern College (pictured) on June 19
The hearing, held in Coventry, was told how Mr Sibthorpe ‘failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries’ with the vulnerable pupil – known only as Pupil A.
Messages sent to the her referred to photographs of her and suggested he was ‘very hard’.
Another message said: ‘I’m extremely aroused at the mo and have a TOK meeting at 2pm.’
He also received an explicit video of Pupil A touching herself in a sexual manner and replied: ‘OMG, Hot hot hot uhhhhhhhh, wish that was (my) hand!’
Dr Sibthorpe also sent images, purported to be himself, of a naked man showering as well as pictures of his lower abdomen and his bare chest to the pupil.
The concerns were first raised by three pupils, including the one he sent messages to, on June 4 last year and he was subsequently dismissed on June 19.
The panel ruled: ‘The WhatsApp messages and conduct were over a short period of time and that some of the contact and context of the exchanges were initiated by Pupil A.
‘On at least one occasion Pupil A made sexualised comments towards Dr Sibthorpe to which he reciprocated.
‘Dr Sibthorpe continued the contact in the same vein rather than bringing an end to the contact or reporting it as would have been expected in his position as an experienced teacher.
‘Dr Sibthorpe, on this occasion, seriously exceeded the professional boundaries and knowingly disregarded statutory guidelines, school policies and good practice.’