Scottish RE teacher accused of attempting to meet teenage girl at Travel Lodge with condoms struck off
A Scottish RE teacher was dismissed today after bosses found him unfit to teach for trying to meet a 14-year-old for sexual activity at a Travel Lodge in Falkirk.
Iain Parkinson has claimed he was trying to catch a couple in needling surgery – but his claims were deemed “just unbelievable” at a General Council of Education hearing.
Arthur Stewart, head of the GTCS panel said: “The panel’s decision is that we find Mr. Parkinson unfit to teach.
“The teacher having been judged unfit to teach, his name will be deleted from the teaching register.
“I thank all parties involved, it has been a long week.”
The 56-year-old had engaged in a conversation on the Fab Swingers website with a woman known as Lisa Brown and her partner Kev.
Unbeknownst to Mr. Parkinson, Lisa and Kev were in fact two plainclothes police officers.
He claims he “joined in some nasty discussions” about an underage girl about whether there were “really people doing these horrible things.”
Mr Parkinson, who lives in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, said he did not report the messages to police because he “did not want to take cover”.
Former high school teacher Kirkcaldy was arrested in a Travelodge in Falkirk in May 2016 after showing up for a “threesome” with condoms.
However, charges were dropped against him in 2017 after a judge found him the victim of police entrapment.
Addressing the panel yesterday, Andrew Long, Chairman of the GTCS said: “It just doesn’t make sense as a story.
“He referred to sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl and bestiality with a dog.
“He then went to Travel Lodge in Falkirk to have sex with a 14 year old girl.
Long continued, “He explained clearly and graphically what he wanted to do to the 14-year-old.
“Mr. Parkinson’s version of events is just amazing, it just makes no sense.
“Mr. Parkinson tells a story of doing a needle-stick operation to protect a child, but there is simply no evidence of it.
“He frolics like he’s some sort of vigilante.
“Mr. Parkinson’s had the opportunity to stop.
“Instead, he told the person on the chat that he wanted to stick his c * in their daughters a *.
“It just doesn’t make sense.
“Mr. Parkinson has shown himself to be utterly incapable of honesty. He is an adulterous man who exchanges sex with people online.”
Darren Wapplington, representative of the NASUWT teachers’ union, who represented Mr Parkinson in response, said: “He has always given an honest history of events.
“There is no history of previous concerns in his long and distinguished career.
“Mr. Parkinson’s intention was not to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.”
Despite this, the panel found him unable to continue teaching and struck him off the teacher’s register.