April 2016

Music teacher banned for sending sex act videos to student

Martin Kay sent videos or photos of himself masturbating to a student and begged her to send him pictures of her breasts.

The ex-deputy head of Bolton Music Service was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a disciplinary panel.

The hearing found the 42-year-old had “sexually motivated” communications with the girl — described as a current and/or former student of the service.

When the investigation began, brazen Kay even contacted the girl and asked her to delete messages and sordid snaps. 

Kay had taught at the service since 1996 but was axed following an internal probe.

The student started attending Bolton Music Service as a seven-year-old in 2002.

She continued to attend youth orchestras and ensembles until August 2014, when she was 19, the inquiry heard.

Kay argued the girl had ceased to be a student in July 2013, when she left her sixth form college.

But she told the hearing she had remained a student of Bolton Music Service until August 2014.

The panel concluded she was attending the service as a continuing student — regardless of the fact she was undertaking voluntary work.

Kay admitted misleading the investigation — including denying communicating with the student via social media and sending photos — claiming he would have preferred the nature of his messages “did not come out” as he wanted to “protect his family and maintain his dignity”.

The panel said: “In the panel’s view, the student’s issues with her self-esteem made her vulnerable, whereas Mr Kay was in a position of trust and responsibility.

“His behaviour had the potential to, and did, have a harmful impact on the student, as was demonstrated through her emotional evidence before the panel.

“Accordingly, the panel is satisfied that Mr Kay is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.”

The panel found that his actions may bring the profession into disrepute and banned him from teaching in any school, sixth form college, youth accommodation or children’s home.

Kay can apply for a review of the prohibition order from April 18, 2020, although he indicated he did not want to teach again.