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‘Shocked’ journalist reports on former teacher’s ban for photographing schoolgirls

Ashley BakewellA regional journalist has shared his shock after reporting on his former teacher’s ban for photographing schoolgirls without their knowledge.

Lincolnshire Live reporter Ashley Franklin has spoken out after IT teacher Ashley Bakewell, pictured, was prohibited from teaching indefinitely for the offences.

A professional conduct panel hearing found that on one or more occasion, Bakewell took inappropriate photos of one or more pupils without their knowledge.

It was also heard that he had stored photos of pupils at the school on one or more personal devices and the reasons were found to be sexually motivated.

All allegations had been admitted by Bakewell prior to the hearing, which he did not attend.

In his story on proceedings for Lincolnshire Live, Ashley Franklin said: “I am shocked to hear what has happened.  Mr Bakewell was always a laugh in lessons, but he never stepped over the line.”

In its report, the panel wrote: “The panel finds Mr Bakewell’s actions were deliberate and that he was not acting under duress. The panel is however also aware that, to his credit, Mr Bakewell has a previously good record and was co-operative with the school and police investigations from the start.

“[He] consistently accepted his wrongdoing as matters progressed and resigned his position in the course of the disciplinary investigation and before a disciplinary hearing was to take place.

“This was not a sexual misconduct case that involved any direct relevant or physical contact or communication between teacher and pupil. Mr Bakewell’s remorse is clear and he has demonstrated insight into his behaviour.

“He is attending counselling sessions in order to assist in him taking preventative steps to ensure that this behaviour is not repeated.”


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  • June 28, 2018 at 9:40 am

    another example of the reporter trying to be the story. Getting more common in the New Journalism era unfortunately.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Yes I agree paperboy. Am fed up with journos unnecessarily being the subject of a report. You get it on TV when a camera pans around to the “waiting reporters” etc. What they forget is that too often joe public wants to read/see/hear news but doesn’t like the way we get it to them so best to keep out of the limelight and concentrate on the subject in hand.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Couldn’t agree more, Paperboy. It’s all part of the me, me, me syndrome that’s such a major factor in modern “culture”.

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  • June 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Err.. guys, this is a story about a journalist on a website about journalism and journalists. The actual court article on the Lincolnshire Live website includes a one-line quote from Mr Franklin in the 23rd par. It’s not even close to him ‘trying to be the story’!

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