Teacher at £18,300-a-year 350-year-old London private school is banned from classroom for life after pleasuring himself as he spoke to ’14-year-old girl’ in chat room online
- Christopher Dunsmore taught for ten years at the £18,300-a-year Colfe’s School
- Teacher admitted attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child
- Dunsmore was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years, after a trial
- He has now also been banned from teaching for life by a disciplinary panel
A teacher at one of London’s oldest schools has been banned from the classroom for life after he ‘pleasured himself’ while talking to a 14-year-old girl online.
Christopher Dunsmore taught for ten years at the independent £18,300 a year Colfe’s School in Greenwich, London, which was established 350 years ago.
The 41-year-old was arrested by the Met Police in November 2020 and at Woolwich Crown Court he admitted attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child in August 2017.
He was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years, and ordered on the Sex Offenders’ register for ten years.
Dunsmore admitted that he would try and speak to girls aged 13-15 years of age and that he would not speak to pre pubescent girls or older girls as people in their 20s ‘are unwilling to chat’.
Christopher Dunsmore taught for ten years at the independent £18,300 a year Colfe’s School in Greenwich, London, which was established 350 years ago
A Teaching Regulation Agency disciplinary panel heard that Dunsmore responded to someone posing as a 14 year old girl in a chat room and said he was 36, a teacher and gave his Christian name.
A sexualised conversation then took place in which Dunsmore pleasured himself.
He said he had a long term habit or addiction to online chat rooms over 20 years when he was training to be a teacher.
He said he had not had many serious girlfriends and preferred younger girls as he was not very confident.
He admitted engaging in sexual conversations with 13-15 year olds for sexual gratification and ‘suspected that this would be illegal’.
He said he had never met up with a child during the weekly chats and was not sexually attracted to children – but said the nature of what he was doing ‘made him excited and he liked the idea of breaking the rules’.
Dunsmore was not present at the disciplinary hearing which ruled he would be banned from teaching for life.
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