A teaching assistant “crossed professional boundaries” when he followed a schoolboy into a public toilet during a trip, a misconduct hearing was told.
David Maguire, 31, is also accused of playing a game with the youngster on a school bus which caused the boy’s trousers to fall down and watching another pupil undress into their PE kit.
A fitness to practise hearing was told that one boy’s mother complained about Mr Maguire’s behaviour.
Mr Maguire allegedly followed her son – known as Pupil B – into a toilet where he lifted up the boy’s shirt and unnecessarily helped him use the loo.
The hearing was told Mr Maguire was given a verbal warning after the complaint in 2017 but less than two years later fellow staff members raised the alarm over his behaviour to another boy known as Child A.
Mr Maguire – who was also school football coach – had worked for seven years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Wrexham before he was dismissed in 2019.
Presenting officer Patrick Llewelyn said: “It was raining at lunchtime so the learners were sat in the school hall watching a film.
“Nicola Trowley raised a number of concerns in relation to Mr Maguire’s conduct with child A.
“Mr Maguire asked child A to get changed into his PE kit without a legitimate reason for doing so and without the permission of his class teacher.
“He was alone with child A while they were getting changed, they were in the classroom with the door closed and Mr Maguire was in close proximity to child A while they were changing.”
The Education Workforce Council hearing was told another teaching assistant – Julie Stratford – also raised concerns about Mr Maguire and Child A as they prepared for a PE lesson.
Mr Llewellyn said: “Mr Maguire knelt in front of Child A while he was getting changed, he remained kneeling for an extended period of time and looked at Child A for an extended period of time.”
The hearing was told that previously Mr Maguire had been on a school trip when he was allegedly “inappropriate” with Child B.
Mr Llewelyn said: “Child B’s mother telephoned the school’s head teacher Rachel Acton to raise concerns in relation to Mr Maguire’s conduct on the school trip.
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“Whilst on the school trip Mr Maguire entered a public toilet when it was being used by Child B and that he helped him use the toilet when he did not require assistance and/or he lifted up Child B’s T-shirt as he used the toilet.
“It’s further alleged that while on the bus he played a game with Child B which involved pulling on his legs which caused his trousers to fall down and continued to play after his trousers had fallen down.”
“On each occasion his conduct was inappropriate and crossed professional boundaries.”
The hearing was told Mr Maguire was given a verbal warning and told not to put himself in a vulnerable position again.
Mr Maguire is accused of Unacceptable Professional Conduct and if found guilty faces being struck from the teaching register.
He is not attending and is not represented at the hearing which is being held via Zoom.
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