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Religious education teacher, 36, faces sack for ‘simulating sex with cardboard cut-out of the Pope’

Andrew Jones, 36, was filmed grabbing the life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Pope for a  'Harlem Shake' video

Andrew Jones, 36, was filmed grabbing the life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Pope for a  'Harlem Shake' video

Andrew Jones, 36, was filmed grabbing the life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Pope for a  ‘Harlem Shake’ video

A religious education teacher faces losing his job after allegedly simulating sex with a cardboard cut-out of the Pope in a classroom.

Andrew Jones, 36, who taught at Caldicot Comprehensive School in Caldicot, Gwent, Wales, was filmed grabbing the life-sized cut-out of the religious figure for a Harlem Shake’ video.

The clip, which was later uploaded to YouTube, also showed learners in his class ‘simulating sexual actions’, a misconduct hearing was told.

Ashanti-Jade Walton, presenting the case, said: ‘A video was posted on YouTube of Jones and his class doing the Harlem Shake.

‘The video raised concerns as it contained sexualised action by learners.

‘Jones was seen in the video with a cardboard cut-out of the Pope.’

The hearing was told Jones was employed by Caldicot Comprehensive School as the head of religious education and started in December 2007.

Miss Walton said: ‘Over the course of his employment, a number of concerns came to light.’

Jones is also alleged to have taken a pupil to a nightclub following a school prom night and sent messages to three pupils from his personal Facebook.

Miss Walton added: ‘Further concerns were raised by a former learner.

‘After a school prom night, Jones went to a nightclub alone with another learner.

‘Between July 2018 and June 2019, messages were exchanged with learners on Facebook Messenger.

The religious education teacher taught at Caldicot Comprehensive School in Caldicot (pictured), Gwent, Wales

The religious education teacher taught at Caldicot Comprehensive School in Caldicot (pictured), Gwent, Wales

The religious education teacher taught at Caldicot Comprehensive School in Caldicot (pictured), Gwent, Wales

‘Among the messages to Pupil A was an invite to his house, a picture of his house and messages telling Pupil A that he missed them.

‘Jones also sent messages to Pupils B and C over Facebook Messenger.

‘There was clearly a breach of professional boundaries.’

Jones, who was not present at the remote hearing, denies unacceptable professional conduct ‘in each and every allegation’.

The Education Workforce Council hearing in Cardiff continues.

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