August 2018

Sick teacher who viewed LIVE sex abuse of children is banned for life

A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after he was found to have watched live sexual abuse of children on the internet.

James Edward Glazebrook, 37, of Nottinghamshire admitted to police that he had used a chatroom that involved the live streaming of attacks on youngsters and viewed indecent images.

He was formerly the head of computing and ICT at secondary school Castle Donington College until he was suspended in September last year and resigned a month later.

A Teaching Regulation Agency Panel has now banned him from his profession for life.

An agency report said Glazebrook had viewed one or more indecent images or videos between December 2015 and February 2016. The panel ruled that his actions were sexually motivated.

Glazebrook was arrested in September last year, in connection with his private internet use at home, which had been intercepted by police, the report said.

This included him viewing indecent images, streaming images and “sexualised electronic chats” relating to boys aged 12 to 16.

The report said: “Mr Glazebrook had been employed at Castle Donington College since August 26, 2015 as a teacher in the position of head of computing.

“In September 2017, Mr Glazebrook was arrested in respect of his private internet usage at his home, which had been intercepted by the police. This usage included his viewing of indecent images, streaming of images and sexualised electronic chats relating to boys aged 12 to 16.”

At the time of his arrest, Glazebrook was suspended by the secondary school in September 2017 and resigned a month later, the report said.

The report said the panel took into account a transcript of an interview between a detective and Glazebrook in which the teacher was reported to have admitted using a chatroom that involved the live streaming of child sexual abuse and viewing indecent images.

No criminal proceedings were brought against the former teacher in connection with his internet use, it said.

The report also said: “While the panel noted that these allegations took place outside of the education setting, these were proven allegations by a teacher involving his viewing of the sexual abuse of children. It is inconceivable for these actions not to be taken into account when considering Mr Glazebrook’s profession.”

It continued to say: “The panel took into account the way the teaching profession is viewed by others and considered the influence that teachers may have on pupils, parents and others in the community. The panel took account of the uniquely influential role that teachers can hold in pupils’ lives and that pupils must be able to view teachers as role models in the way they behave.”

The panel ruled that Glazebrook’s conduct fell “significantly short of the standards expected of the profession”.

The panel accepted that Glazebrook previously had a good history and noted references stating he was an “excellent teacher … and allows students to progress rapidly”.

The panel also noted that, in 2017, Glazebrook requested to be voluntarily removed from the teaching register stating that he did “not ever wish to teach again”.

The panel ruled that Glazebrook’s conduct fell “significantly short of the standards expected of the profession”.

The panel accepted that Glazebrook previously had a good history and noted references stating he was an “excellent teacher … and allows students to progress rapidly”.

The panel also noted that, in 2017, Glazebrook requested to be voluntarily removed from the teaching register stating that he did “not ever wish to teach again”.

“I have also taken into account the panel’s comments on insight and remorse which the panel sets out as follows: ‘While Mr Glazeberook did admit the allegations at an early stage and some remorse has been indicated by him, which may indicate some insight into his actions, the panel saw no evidence of any other efforts of remediation’.

“In my judgement, the lack of full insight means that there is some risk of the repetition of this behaviour and this risks the future wellbeing of children.”

Ms Lewis confirmed Mr Glazebrook has been banned indefinitely from teaching at any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England. She also said he would not be able to apply for his right to teach to be reinstated.

Mr Glazebrook has a right of appeal within 28 days.