Married primary school headteacher and mother-of-two, 44, is banned from teaching after being caught with x-rated photos of her teenage lesbian lover on her phone
- Rhain DeSouza embarked on a sexual relationship with the 16-year-old girl
- The 44-year-old mother-of-two helped the girl prepare for some exams
- She had earlier pleaded guilty to having two sexual images of the girl, 16
- The head teacher was banned from the classroom following her conviction
Rhian DeSouza, pictured, was banned from the classroom for more than three years after admitting having the relationship with the 16-year-old girl.
A headteacher who had ‘sexual images’ of a 16-year-old girl on her phone was today banned from the classroom.
Married Rhian DeSouza, 44, was in a ‘sexual relationship’ with the school girl who sent her naked pictures on social media.
The pair met through a friend and DeSouza started helping the girl with exams.
But their relationship came to light after the girl’s mother became suspicious – and found secret text messages on her phone.
The girl’s mother then reported the matter to police and DeSouza was arrested.
DeSouza pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court to making two illegal sexual images of the girl and was given a two year community order.
Today, a disciplinary hearing approved a Voluntary Prohibition Order – meaning she cannot work as a teacher for at least another three years and six months.
Stephen Powell, who chaired the Education Workforce Council hearing, said DeSouza was a head teacher Gellionnen primary school in Clydach, Swansea.
He said: ‘In or around late 2017, early 2018, DeSouza began a relationship with a child who was 16. She was not a pupil at the school.
‘DeSouza was arrested after a complaint by the child’s mother and suspended by the school.
‘The committee considered that DeSouza behaved in a way that was unacceptable for a registered person.’
The girl’s mother found inappropriate messages between her daughter and DeSouza on the youngster’s mobile phone. The girl’s mother reported matters to police who later arrested DeSouza, who then pleaded guilty to making two illegal sexual images of the girl. She was handed a two-year community order
DeSouza was head teacher at Ysgol Gellionnen in Clydach, Swansea when she began the relationship with the 16-year-old girl, who was not a pupil of the school
Desouza, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire had been head of the school for more than five years.
But she is now banned from teaching for at least three years and six months and must reapply for registration because of her conviction.
Mr Powell said the three-year ban was ‘both proportionate and appropriate’.
He said: ‘DeSouza’s actions amounted to a serious departure from the standards expected of her.
‘DeSouza was very experienced and ought to have known what was appropriate.
‘The conduct found proved is fundamentally incompatible with DeSouza continuing to be a registered person.’
Mother-of-two DeSouza was not present at the hearing in Cardiff.