British Teacher Banned From Classroom For Life After Marrying And Having Sex With 13-Year-Old Girl

A London teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after travelling Bangladesh to marry a 13-year-old girl.

During a summer break, Joshim Nur who started working at the London Nautical Schooll in June 2006, travelled to Bangladesh and married the girl and had a sexual relationship with her.

Nur was 22 during their sexual relationship and said he believed the girl was 18 years old, although a written statement from the girl showed she had told him her real age before the marriage. In the statement, she told Nur that she was 13 and studying in Year 8 at school.

The girl told a Teaching Regulation Agency panel that sexual activity started shortly after her marriage to Nur. Later, the couple returned to the UK. The girl made a complaint to the police in 2013 and proved she was underage when she got married.

A Teaching Regulation Authority disciplinary panel in Coventry ruled that Nur had engaged in a sexual relationship with the girl, named by the panel as Child A, between August 2006 and April 2009, when he should have known that she was under 16.

The panel, which acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, said they “did not find it plausible” that the teacher could mistake the girl for an 18-year-old woman.

Dr Robert Cawley, chairman of the TRA panel, said Nur had accused the girl’s parents of “deception” and said he was unaware of her real age until in 2014 when a “clavicle bone test” was undertaken to determine the girl’s real age.

“Mr Nur does not deny that he had sexual intercourse with Child A during their marriage. This is supported by the evidence of the Family Court Order which identified that ‘full sexual relations between the mother and father commenced in the early part of 2007 when she was only 13 or 14 years of age’.” The panel said.

Nur was found guilty of engaging in a relationship with the child and of having sex on more than one occasion when she was under 16 – charges he denied.

He was banned from teaching in any institution “indefinitely” although his headteacher told the panel Nur was “gifted and valued member of staff” by the school’s headteacher.

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