Teacher caught with 2500 indecent images of children struck off

Published January 17, 2013 by misty534

A secondary teacher has been banned from the profession after being caught with almost 2500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Peter McFarlane was previously placed on the sex offenders register after he was convicted of the offence at Airdrie Sheriff Court last year.

The former history teacher at Cumbernauld High School was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland this week over the offence.

Mr McFarlane was also found to have breached the standards of his profession with a previous criminal conviction, after he slashed the tyres and seats of a car with a knife in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, in August 2010.

The 48-year-old was convicted of driving while more than twice the drink drive limit during the earlier offence.

In its findings, the teaching watchdog noted that Mr McFarlane had appealed against his conviction in respect of the indecent images offence, but the move had been refused.

The council’s fitness to teach panel stated: “The offences in respect of which the respondent has been convicted are serious and demonstrate that the respondent’s conduct has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher.”

It added: “The panel was of the view that the respondent’s convictions (in particular the conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children) demonstrate conduct that is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher and the nature of the respondent’s conduct means that the Respondent is unfit to teach.”

Mr McFarlane did not attend the council hearing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, while he has 14 days in which to lodge an appeal against the decision to remove him from the teaching register.

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