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The teacher hid the former student lover in the closet when he almost got caught by his brother

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A man who hid his former student friend in a closet to keep his dirty secret under wraps has been banned from teaching for life.

Adam James, 32, began a sexual relationship with the girl when she was just 16 and exchanged a series of messages on Snapchat.

Although the couple didn’t get physical before she left Ormiston Academy in Meir, James used to graze her during classes.

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The teacher also used email as another form of communication with the girl, and the messages even included pictures of his privates.

A panel at the Teaching Regulation Agency heard that James had arranged to meet her in parks and industrial areas, or took her out to dinner some distance away, where they were unlikely to meet anyone they knew.

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He once took her to his parents’ house while they were away but had to hide her in a wardrobe when his brother unexpectedly visited, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.

James was arrested and questioned by police after he started working at another school, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in Tunstall, from which he was suspended.

While he admitted to having been sexually active with the teen after she graduated from school, the panel said he had shown a “lack of discernment or remorse.”

The report states: “The panel considered Mr James’s behavior to be controlling as he sought to ensure that Student A kept their relationship secret as there could be consequences for him otherwise.”

John Knowles, on behalf of the Department of Education, issued the prohibition order without an opportunity to review. This means that James is not allowed to teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth center or children’s home in England.

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The report concluded: “The panel said: ‘In the absence of any remorse, apology or insight, and given that Mr James was willing to risk the career he had not long embarked upon, the panel considered that there was a real risk of recurrence”.

“I also placed significant weight on the panel’s observation that Mr James ‘was responsible for sexually motivated conduct.

“He was able to develop the relationship with student A when she was a minor because of the trust he had as her teacher. This resulted in Student A being emotionally damaged.”

The report added: “In this case, factors mean that granting a review period is not sufficient to achieve the objective of maintaining public confidence in the profession.

“These elements are the seriousness of the wrongdoing, the sexual motivation, and the lack of insight or remorse.

“I therefore believe that there is a need to maintain public confidence and that it is proportionate and in the public interest not to allow a review period.”

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