Teacher asked 14-year-old girl for nude pictures

David McGill was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Picture: Jane Barlow
David McGill was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A TEACHER who was struck off after asking a schoolgirl to send him naked pictures of her breasts has been blasted by his victim.

David McGill targeted the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, through Facebook when she was just 14-years-old.

The 43-year-old married father was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) for asking the teenager to send him naked images.

McGill, a former design and technology teacher at Broxburn Academy, West Lothian, got to know the girl through his involvement with the Royal Air Force Cadets.

He was a pilot officer and the teenager a young cadet with the Air Training Corp when they began an online exchange which only came to the attention of her parents when police arrived at their home.

The allegations made against McGill, of Clydebank, were investigated by the Crown Office but prosecutors decided against taking the matter to court.

But his victim, who is now 18, has slammed him for his betrayal.

She said: “He was supposed to be someone I could trust, not someone who was trying to get me to send him nude pictures.

“I was only 14 at the time and to be honest I didn’t really know what he was doing but now that I’m a bit older and wiser I can see that he was grooming me.

“He came across as everybody’s friend but there is another side to him that people need to know about.

“The last three years have been a nightmare for me and my family.

“It’s a relief that it’s over and I just want to get on with my life but there is no way he should be allowed to work with children ever again.”

The girl’s mother said she was stunned when police officers arrived at the door out of the blue to tell her that they were investigating McGill.

She said: “Our daughter didn’t want to tell us about what was happening at the time.

“She wasn’t sure how to approach it but when you think about it that’s exactly what he wanted.

“We would have preferred it if he had been prosecuted in a criminal court but at least with him being struck off it’s out in the open now and we can put it behind us.

“My daughter still had to go through the stress of giving evidence at the hearing. She found it really tough but I’m so proud she was able to get through it.”

A fitness to teach hearing at the Edinburgh headquarters of GTC Scotland heard the teenager describe receiving numerous inappropriate exchanges from McGill in 2011.

She said McGill added her as a friend on Facebook before she turned 15.

Although the conversation was innocent at first it gradually became inappropriate when he asked her to send him pictures of her breasts, as well as making indecent remarks about her piercings.

He wasn’t present at last week’s hearing but denied using the site to ask the girl for nude pictures.

He claimed the Facebook activity had not come from him and that someone else must have accessed his account without his knowledge.

However, the panel did not find his version of events credible and determined that McGill was unfit to teach and removed him from the register.

Explaining the decision, it said: “The panel considered that the maximum period was appropriate as: the respondent had shown no insight or remorse; and the aspects of the complaint found proved was of a serious nature and involved inappropriate sexual communication with a child.

“The panel considered this period necessary in order to: protect young people; maintain public confidence in teaching as a profession and in GTC Scotland as a regulator.”

The matter was also referred to Scottish Ministers under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 so that they may consider whether or not McGill should be barred from working with children.

McGill has 28 days from the date of receiving written notice of the ruling to appeal the decision.