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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Sex scandal teacher banned in Canada
amy gehring
Gehring's ban will not automatically apply in UK
School teacher Amy Gehring - involved in a sex scandal in the UK - has been banned from teaching in her native Canada for at least 10 years.

Ms Gehring was found guilty of professional misconduct at the Ontario College of Teachers for her behaviour while working in Britain.

The 26-year-old former supply teacher was cleared by a jury in February of indecently assaulting two brothers aged 14 and 15.

But she later admitted she had had sex with another pupil, aged 16, at a different school.

Seven counts

Ms Gehring, a biology teacher, was ordered to pay 4,300 in costs at the hearing in Toronto on Wednesday.

She was found guilty of seven counts of professional misconduct, including abusing students "physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically or emotionally".

The tribunal also said she had failed to uphold the profession's standards, had improperly disclosed information about a student and had behaved in a way that could be viewed as "disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional".

Ms Gehring's ban will not automatically apply to the UK, although information on teachers who have been banned by the Toronto college is shared with British education authorities.

The college ruled Ms Gehring could not reapply for a teaching certificate for 10 years, after which she must then have a psychological assessment to prove she is no longer a risk to pupils.

Television interview

The mother of a schoolboy who had sex with Ms Gehring broke down in tears at the hearing as she begged the panel to withdraw the teacher's certificate.

Her 16-year-old son, and two British detectives from Surrey Police, also testified by telephone from England, said a spokesman for the college.

A tape from an interview Ms Gehring had with ITN was shown, in which she admitted the sexual encounter with the youngster.

Ms Gehring, who has never taught in Ontario, was not present at the hearing and said she had no plans to continue a career in teaching.

Scrutiny

Meanwhile MPs have called for better regulation of supply teacher agencies.

The Timeplan company, which employed and brought Ms Gehring to the UK, faced scrutiny in the wake of the court case earlier this year.

The School Standards Minister, Stephen Timms, is expected to announce how a proposed "kite mark" scheme for supply agencies will work.


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