Seven year ban for teacher after inappropriate behaviour towards teen girlsPA

A teacher who lured a schoolgirl he befriended on Facebook back to his home and tried to kiss her has been barred from teaching.

David Wolforth, 30, was told he would not be able to work as a school for seven years because of his behaviour at two schools in Merseyside and Cheshire.

A Teaching Agency panel heard that while Wolforth was working at Cowley Language College in St Helens in 2008 he struck up an online relationship with Pupil A.

The pair met in Liverpool during the summer holidays and both went to Wolforth's home where the teacher tried to kiss the pupil while they talked on the sofa.

After the incident, Wolforth left St Helens and took up a new role at St Peter and Paul Catholic College in Widnes.

The panel heard Wolforth struck up two more inappropriate relationships with girls aged between 15 and 17 years old.

Despite warnings about 'safeguarding issues' Wolforth continued one-to-one meetings with Pupil B from January to May 2010.

Chair of the panel Janet Draper said: "The Panel is particularly concerned about Mr Wolfarth's conduct towards Pupil A.

"He admitted that he took her to his empty home and the Panel has found that he also attempted to kiss her.

"This was an abuse of his position of trust and responsibility.

"In addition, in relation to Pupils A, B and C, he disregarded his safeguarding duties and failed to observe proper boundaries.

"His conduct put public trust in the profession at risk and he failed to maintain a high standard of ethics and behaviour."

Wolforth, who did not give evidence or attend the hearing into his conduct in London, has the right to appeal to the High Court within 28 days.


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