A TEACHER has been found guilty of professional misconduct after being involved in an explicit sex act in a PE cupboard.
Russell Cross, 43, appeared before a Teaching Agency Professional Conduct Panel on Friday after being acquitted of criminal charges following an earlier trial at Huntingdon Crown Court.
The panel found Mr Cross, a former teacher at Merebrook Infant School, Furzton, had performed a sex act on the school premises while a colleague, learning assistant Julia Massey was present, and where the act could have been witnessed by a child.
Mr Cross, who serves the town of Buckingham as a town crier, initially denied the claims because he was married, but later admitted the allegations.
The panel stated it was not proven whether Ms Massey performed the act or was just a witness to Mr Cross performing the sex act on himself.
The teacher also admitted to touching the learning assistant on the bottom but said this incident happened after she had slapped him on the bottom.
The panel stated that the touching was ‘sexually motivated’ and that Mr Cross had made at least one comment with sexual innuendo while carrying a bag of balls from the PE cupboard.
The panel accepted Mr Cross had been cleared of criminal charges but rejected his version of events and that the incident in the PE cupboard with Ms Massey was isolated.
The panel’s statement read: “He has changed his story and lied on numerous occasions which leads the panel to question the veracity of his assertion that only one touching incident happened.
“The panel considers it improbable that the sex act in the PE cupboard was not foreshadowed by some form of sexual interplay or behaviour.”
The panel was satisfied that Ms Massey’s account of other touching incidents, including him tweaking her bra, grabbing her from under a bench by her trousers, rubbing her back and stroking her thigh during a lesson, was credible.
The panel found Mr Cross’ behaviour breached the Department of Education Teachers’ Standards and Code of Conduct and Practise for Registered Teachers.
It is believed Mr Cross is no longer a teacher at the school, but staff there have refused to comment.
A spokesman for Milton Keynes Council said: “It is not appropriate for us to comment in detail on matters relating to individual members of staff who are employed or have been employed in schools in Milton Keynes. Any decision to withdraw an individual’s teaching status is taken by the Teaching Agency.”