A former PE teacher at a Birmingham primary school has spoken of his “relief” after being cleared of touching female pupils on the thigh and bottom and getting a girl to feed him a banana.
Timothy McMahon, who resigned from Audley Primary in Stechford after being suspended in 2006, was given a reprimand – the least punishment he faced – by a General Teaching Council conduct committee in Birmingham yesterday.
He was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct after the panel decided he behaved inappropriately towards female pupils at Audley and his former school, Bromford Primary.
This was due to Mr McMahon humiliating another female pupil by making her do press-ups in front of classmates and filming children during a PE lesson and storing images on his computer.
Mr McMahon was also found guilty of behaving inappropriately by writing “over-familiar” personal letters to girls at his former school and being repeatedly alone with female pupils at Audley.
But members of the teaching panel, involved in the hearing for a third day, cleared him of four other inappropriate behaviour charges, which included an allegation he grabbed a girl by the stomach and pushed her into a chair.
Mr McMahon, who is setting up a Birmingham marketing business, said after the hearing: “I feel it’s a fair verdict and I am very relieved at their conclusion. I feel I have learnt from my mistakes and I think the committee saw that. I resigned because I felt I was going to be sacked. I am looking forward to rebuilding my life.”
His representative Tony Pearce added: “The committee disbelieved a lot of the stuff which was without foundation but for which he was likely to be dismissed.”
Panel chairman Christine Green said they dismissed several charges because of inconclusive or inconsistent evidence.
But she said he had shown a “grave error of judgement” in writing letters to former pupils and “degraded” a girl at Audley in a poorly judged attempt to reprimand her for being late.
She said Mr McMahon “behaved in the manner of a friend, not as a teacher”.