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Teacher banned for kissing pupil

A biology teacher wept as he was disqualified from working with children after kissing a 17-year-old pupil.

Stuart Barley, 45, was earlier found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust, at Ipswich Crown Court.

Barley who taught at a school in Ipswich, Suffolk, had a passionate kiss with the drunken girl after a school party in March 2007, the court heard.

He got a two-year supervision order and signed the sex offenders' register

Supported by guard

Judge Peter De Mille said the father-of two had been an exemplary teacher for 20 years and described the case as a tragedy.

"If this were not a deliberate grooming process it plainly had to some extent the same effect," the judge told Barley.

"It would appear that you showed a complete disregard to the proper boundaries between teacher and pupil."

The judge said he felt there was a "low risk" of Barley re-offending if he worked with children in the future.

Barley, who was supported by a court guard after breaking down in tears, had denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty by a majority verdict after a trial in March.

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