Guitar teacher banned for talking to students about sex in lessons

A GUITAR teacher who discussed sex with two female pupils – including telling them about his sexual history and asking them if they found him attractive – has been banned from the classroom after a professional conduct panel found him to have acted inappropriately.

Guy Rogers, 45, from Trowbridge, had taught at Stonar School in Atworth for 10 years when in 2015 two girls told staff that he had talked to them about sexual matters and discussed his sexual past and preferences, including talking about using sex toys.

He was interviewed by police but no action was taken against him. It is understood Mr Rogers has also taught guitar at other schools in west Wiltshire.

The girls, who had solo and occasional joint lessons with him, were encouraged to report Mr Rogers after another pupil overheard them talking about his behaviour.

After a series of hearings last year into 18 allegations, the last just before Christmas, the professional conduct panel’s findings were published on Tuesday.

It found 13 allegations proven, which were telling students about previous sexual experiences, telling them that he owned or used sex toys, telling them who or what he found sexually attractive, asking them about their sexual experiences and preferences, discussing people’s sexuality and stating that men prefer women who are lesbians or bisexual or words to that effect, telling one pupil she should loose her virginity by a certain age, asking the students if they thought he was attractive and if they would consider going out with him, encouraging them to feel his biceps and stomach muscles, making racist remarks, discussing his relationship with his wife and his divorce, that he no longer wanted to have sex with his wife, that he suffers from depression, that he has personal debt and financial difficulties and the sale of his house.

He was cleared of five matters which were telling the students the number of sexual partners he had had, calling them babe, baby or beautiful, seeking their personal phone numbers, making inappropriate jokes, offering them some of his anti depressant tablets.

“There was clear evidence that there was a degree of informality in his lessons”

The panel’s report said: adding “He was recorded as acknowledging during the course of his police interview that, ‘he is not an unattractive man and ‘that the girls would see him as attractive, asserting that when he goes into the school, he gets the same reaction as would have been expected had he been Brad Pitt walking in’.”

Mr Rogers denied that his behaviour was unacceptable or inappropriate and argued the two girls who made the allegations were malicious and manipulative. Witnesses said to the panel confirmed neither had made any allegation in the past about other teachers and they both had exemplary records.

The report issued by the National College of Training and Leadership after its inquiry said: “Mr Rogers had clearly lost sight of his professional obligations and allowed professional boundaries to become blurred.“

The panel was satisfied that the conduct of Mr Rogers in relation to the facts found proven involved breaches of the Teachers’ Standards, and a misconduct of a serious nature which fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.

“His conduct was certainly foolish and ill-judged and he had overstepped the mark by a significant degree.

To some extent, the panel considered his conduct to be manipulative in that there may have been an element of him attempting to impress Pupil A and Pupil B, which ultimately led to them feeling uncomfortable.

He had been described; as a “cool” individual and was a musician who played in bands.

He was also a peripatetic teacher who may not have had as good an understanding as he ought to have done in relation to acceptable standards of behaviour.”

Dawn Dandy, who made a decision on behalf on the Secretary of State said: “Guy Rogers is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

He may apply for the prohibition order to be set aside, but not until January 10 2021.”

Headteacher at Stonar School, Dr Sally Divall, said: “Stonar takes all aspects of safeguarding very seriously, is fully compliant with regulations and acts on any concerns immediately. When the incidents came to light, all protocols were followed swiftly and to the letter, and we suspended the teacher immediately.

“Stonar has supported the pupils affected throughout the NCTL process and we are relieved that it has now been satisfactorily concluded.”