Teacher found dead three days after being sentenced
A deputy headteacher was found dead three days after being sentenced for asking underage schoolgirls about their sex lives and making other indecent remarks.
Kenneth Boal was given 18 months probation and put on the sex offenders register after being found guilty of two offences.
Last week a court heard Boal, who was in charge of child protection at a West Lothian secondary school, took “an unhealthy interest” in the sex lives of two teenagers.
Police were called to a house in the Bonaly area of Edinburgh on Friday, September 15 where he was found, reports the Daily Record.
A force spokeswoman said his sudden death was unexplained but “not suspicious”.
Boal had appeared for sentencing at Livingston Sheriff Court after being found guilty at trial last month.
The court heard he was a first offender and had previously been a well-regarded teacher.
He had resigned from his £54,600-a-year post hours after being convicted of two offences of lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour against two girls.
He risked losing his local authority pension and being sacked for gross misconduct.
Finding deputy head Boal guilty, a sheriff told him he had been “taking an unhealthy interest” in the two teenagers.
One of the girls said that Boal told her he was “getting excited” talking to her.
She said he told her: “I need to take a cold shower now.”
He also asked the girl’s classmates to rate her looks out of 10, made inappropriate comments about her blouse being unbuttoned too far and showing her cleavage, and her skirt being too short, a court heard.
Last week Boal was ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation of £1,000 in respect of each victim.
Edinburgh teacher who quizzed underage schoolgirls about their sex lives
A SENIOR teacher who quizzed two under-age schoolgirls about their sex lives has been convicted of making indecent remarks to children and placed on the sex offenders’ register.
Finding deputy head Kenneth Boal, 55, guilty of two sexual offences, a sheriff told him he had been “taking an unhealthy interest” in the two teenagers.
One of the girls gave evidence that Boal – who was in charge of child protection at a West Lothian secondary school – told her he was “getting excited” talking to her.
She said she heard him tell her: “I need to take a cold shower now.”
The student, who was 15 years-old at the time, said Boal remarked that her partner was a lucky man and asked her sleazy questions like: “Does your boyfriend make you come?”
He inquired if she was having oral sex and demanded to know: “Do you enjoy it?”, a court heard
He also asked the girl’s classmates to rate her looks out of ten and made inappropriate comments about her blouse being unbuttoned too far, showing her cleavage, and her skirt being too short, a court heard.
Boal of Stockbridge, in Edinburgh, was on trial at Livingston Sheriff Court accused of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards the fourth year youngster and another 14-year-old female pupil between 2006 and 2009.
He had denied the charges.
Neither the girls nor the school can be identified for legal reasons.
Boal was suspended from his £55,000-a-year post on full pay when the offences came to light two-and-a-half years ago.
He now faces being sacked for gross misconduct, losing his generous local authority pension.
Boal’s conviction will also be notified to the General Teaching Council for Scotland which has the power to disqualify him, although disclosure laws mean he is unlikely to be able to work with children again.
Finding Boal guilty today, Sheriff Peter Hammond said the defence case was that the accused had been acting in a pastoral role and he had been inquiring about the welfare of pupils because out of school affairs had been causing him concern.
The defence also suggested that some of the comments had been exaggerated or misconstrued and a number of the comments – mainly remarks of a more ‘lurid’ nature – fell into the category which Boal denied having made.
The sheriff said: “A clear picture did build up in the evidence of Mr Boal being a caring and competent teacher who was liked by colleagues and trusted with child protection responsibilities at the school.
“The Crown asked me to find that the remarks had a sexual connotation and went beyond what was legitimately necessary to carry out his pastoral role.
“They asked me to draw the inference that these comments were, in the language of the law: ‘intended to deprave or corrupt’, and that they were made for his own sexual gratification.”
The sheriff said he found the evidence of both former pupils convincing and did not consider that they were exaggerating or being untruthful. He said he preferred their version of events over Boal’s testimony.
“(Girl X) evidence that the accused asked whether her boyfriend made her come is a remark which I accepted as proved.
“It is only capable of having a sexual character and didn’t arise on any view from a properly intentioned inquiry about welfare.
“He accepts making remarks to (Girl Y) along the lines of: ‘I need a cold shower’ and conversations with (GirlX ).
“In the course of these conversations he accepted in evidence he was repeatedly asking her intimate and intrusive questions about her sex life.
“I am not convinced Mr Boal’s behaviour was due to naivety or misplaced zeal for his pastoral role. He was the head of child protection at the school and he was absolutely aware of the issues and the appropriate boundaries and routes for dealing with matters of that kind.
“He had various meetings with both of these girls on his own over a substantial period of time.
He did not pass his concerns on to other staff and I’m satisfied he was taking an unhealthy interest in these girls which prompted the seedy remarks referred to by the crown.
“Behaving in the way he did the accused has not only fallen well below the standards of the teaching profession, which is not a matter for which he is on trial in this court, but his conduct has amounted to lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour and brought it into the realms of criminality.
“I am satisfied on the evidence of the crown witnesses… that the charges are proved beyond any reasonable doubt so the verdict on each of the remaining charges one and two is guilty.”
He told Boal his name would be added to the sex offenders’ register with immediate effect and he would be informed how long he would remain subject to the notification requirements when he is sentenced on 12 September.