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A CUMBERNAULD secondary school teacher has been banned from teaching after being caught with indecent images of children on his PC.
Peter McFarlane, who is a former history teacher at Cumbernauld High School was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland this week after.it was discovered that he had almost 2500 indecent images of children on his computer.
Mr McFarlane (48) was previously placed on the sex offenders register after he was convicted of the offence at Airdrie Sheriff Court last year.
In August 2010, it he was also found to have breached the standards of his profession, after he slashed the tyres and seats of a car with a knife in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, in addition to a conviction for driving while more than twice the drink-drive limit.
A report by the Scottish teaching watchdog has recognised that Mr McFarlane has appealed against his conviction in respect of the indecent images offence, but that the move had been refused.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland’s fitness to teach panel stated: "The offences in respect of which the respondent has been convicted are serious and demonstrate that the respondent’s conduct has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher."
Mr McFarlane did not attend the GTCS’s hearing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, although Mr McFarlane has 14 days in which to lodge an appeal against the decision to remove him from the teaching register.
The council’s panel added: "The panel was of the view that the respondent’s convictions (in particular the conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children) demonstrate conduct that is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher and the nature of the respondent’s conduct means that the Respondent is unfit to teach."
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