Teacher banned from profession for life after sending picture of his hand down pants to child

By Staff

A north London teacher has been banned from schools for life after sending a picture to a child with his hands down his underwear. Owen Jones, 31, worked at Hazelbury Primary School in Edmonton before he was convicted for his offences.

He was employed as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at the school from September 1, 2018 until his resignation on September 21, 2021. At this point, Mr Jones had been suspended since February 26, 2021.

Between December 1, 2020, and January 24, 2021, Mr Jones communicated with a primary-school-aged pupil via social media. This communication was sexualised in content.

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In December 2020 he sent the child a photograph of himself in a ‘sexually suggestive pose’ with his hands in his underwear close to his genitals. Jones was persistent in his communications with the child and insisted they view the sexual image he sent. He also suggested moving their conversation to another social media platform that automatically deletes messages.

On February 25, 2021 this was reported to the police and he was arrested and admitted to sending the inappropriate image. He pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child on December 17, 2021. Mr Jones was sentenced to eight months in prison, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and a Sexual Offender Notification Order for 10 years.

After a teacher misconduct hearing held in private on February 19, 2024 the Teaching Regulation Agency concluded that Owen Jones will be banned from teaching indefinitely. The panellist’s decided his actions “undoubtedly affect public confidence in the teaching profession”.

The panel found that ‘Mr Jones’ actions were fundamentally incompatible with his being a teacher. This was conduct atthe serious end of the spectrum. The nature and gravity of this offence was a matter ofsignificant concern.” As a result of his conduct, Mr Jones was convicted of and sentencedfor a serious offence involving a child.’

He is unable to teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England. The full report can be read here.

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