Who is Thomas Heayel? Elementary school teacher, 31, banned from teaching after offering sex online

A primary school teacher has been banned from teaching because he posted inappropriate photos of himself and offered to sell sex on the internet. Thomas Heayel, 31, was a teacher at St Columb Minor near Newquay, Cornwall, before his secret online life was discovered. Heayel was expelled from school after the photos were seen and forwarded to a disciplinary hearing by the education regulatory industry.

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He was found guilty of posting or allowing to be posted one or more inappropriate images of himself on the Internet between February and July 2020. Heayel was also found guilty of posting or allowing the posting of one or more images, messages and / or comments on the Internet offering to sell sexual services during the same period. Heayel began teaching at the school on September 1, 2019, until his release.

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He admitted the allegations and acknowledged that his conduct amounted to “unacceptable professional conduct”. Concerns were first raised by members of the local authority on July 7, 2021, before the teacher was sacked on July 23. The Disciplinary Tribunal found Heayel’s conduct to fall significantly below the expected standards of the appeal. According Daily MailThe panel said: “While the panel considered that no evidence was presented that the students viewed or accessed the images online, the panel found that as a teacher, Mr. Heayel would probably be seen as a role model by the students.”

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“The panel noted that although the website on which Mr. Heayel posted the images was restricted, the images could also be viewed via a generic internet search and one image contained Mr. Heayel’s name. Therefore, the images were in the public domain allowing any member of the public, or student, to view them. The panel therefore concluded that Mr. Heayel’s behavior would undoubtedly harm the public’s perception of the teaching profession and that there were public interest factors to be considered.”

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Thomas Heayel is suspended from teaching indefinitely even though the panel noted Heayel’s remorse. Positive references had been submitted to the panel, but they related only to Heayel’s application to the school and no new references had been provided since his misconduct. Heayel is not allowed to teach in any school, secondary school, youth home or children’s home in England. In conclusion, the panel said there was “little evidence to suggest that Mr. Heayel’s contribution to the profession had been long-term or significant”. He can apply to have the restraining order set aside, but not before July 5, 2024, which is two years from the date of the order. In order for Heayel to then return to teaching, he must prove to another panel of the Education Regulation Agency that he is fit to do so.

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