East London ex-teacher jailed for nearly 3 years after affair with student

By Staff

A teacher has been sacked and barred from the profession after “sexual activity with [a] female child under 16”. Daniel Murphy taught history at Kantor King Solomon High School, an Orthodox Jewish comprehensive school in Barkingside, East London.

He was sentenced to 34 months in prison, and was put on the Sex Offender Register indefinitely. He is also subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further order under section 103 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The report reads that Murphy was convicted in 2020 of two offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 involving penetration, as well as another without penetration.

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Murphy joined the school in June 2015 and resigned in October 2020, two years after two pupils alleged he was having a relationship with another pupil in Year 11. The case was referred to police and he was suspended from the school while they investigated.

He was later charged with three sexual offences regarding a girl under 16.

The panel also noted Murphy had used a friend of the pupil he had a relationship with as a cover for meetings with her.

It ruled that “Mr Murphy’s actions were deliberate” and that “there were incidents of penetrative sexual activity and Mr Murphy had pursued an inappropriate relationship with a child.”

Panel Chair, Nicola Hartley said: “Mr Daniel Murphy is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

“Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Murphy shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach. This order takes effect from the date on which it is served to the teacher.”

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