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School teacher said ‘he was a teacher attracted to boys at his school’.

A supply teacher who said he was attracted to boys at the Gateshead school he worked at. Police launched an investigation into Aaron Goodwin aged 29.

He boasted he was attracted to boys at the Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Officer seized his laptop and found skype conversations in which he revealed he allegedly admitted he was a teacher attracted to boys at the school.

He admitted he had pleasured himself at the school and asked a stranger if he was ‘into lads in their early teens.’ The teacher also used dating websites such as Grindr while at work.

It is believed that the supply teacher had worked all over the north east including schools in Gateshead, Newcastle, Seaham, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

In his defence, Goodwin had claimed the messages were sent by a convicted sex offender who had access to his flat in Newcastle.

Goodwin has now been banned from teaching for life after the disciplinary panel in Coventry, West Midlands, rejected his claims and found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Jayne Millions, of the National College of Teaching and Leadership panel ‘Mr Goodwin, accepted in evidence that he used the social media dating application Grindr and also admitted that he used the application whilst employed as a supply teacher at the school.

‘The panel’s findings against Mr Goodwin included use of a social media dating application on school premises, engagement in online conversations of a sexually explicit nature involving reference to illegal sexual activity with minors, and a sexual interest in pupils.

‘Whilst there was no evidence of possession of indecent images, there was evidence that Mr Goodwin was interested in such images and sought to obtain them.’

Northumbria Police did not have enough evidence to charge Goodwin at the advice of CPS despite a police investigation forensic examination of computers and being interviewed under police caution.

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