A FORMER teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing a 16-year-old schoolgirl has been banned from the profession for life.
Mark Craster-Chambers, 56, of Preston-on-Stour – who continues to strongly deny the offenses for which he has been convicted – has been banned on the recommendation of a Professional Conduct Panel at the Regulatory Agency education.
On March 4, 2021, Mr Craster-Chambers was found guilty by Carlisle Crown Court of two offenses of sexual activity in a position of trust. He was sentenced to prison terms of six months and 18 months to run concurrently. He was also on the Sex Offender Registry for ten years and on the Disclosure and Prohibition List.
Mr Craster-Chambers had been a teacher at John Ruskin School in Cumbria from September 2001 to August 2005. After leaving that school he held a number of other teaching posts.
In 2017 – when he had already left the teaching profession – a former pupil of the school complained to the police about having sex with Mr Craster-Chambers.
As a result, Mr Craster-Chambers was charged with two offenses of engaging in sexual activity (other than intercourse) with a person under the age of 18 while in a position of trust. Mr Craster-Chambers pleaded not guilty to the offences.