Teacher banned from schools after sexually abusing girl, 14, he duped into a fake marriage

Mazhar Hussain, 39, from Stechford, Birmingham, showered his young victim with presents, including a phone with which they exchanged more than 2,000 messages before she told police

A teacher has been banned from classrooms for life for sexually abusing a 14-year-old pupil he had conned into thinking they were married.

Mazhar Hussain, 39, showered his young victim – known as Pupil A – with presents, including jewellery and a mobile phone so they could secretly communicate.

After a sham wedding ceremony she even sometimes referred to him as her husband, until she revealed what had happened to a family friend who told her to go to the police.

Hussain, who taught science at Hamd House School, was jailed for three years and three months after admitting sexual activity with a child under 16 at Birmingham Crown Court in March last year.

Following his arrest, officers discovered more than 2,000 messages between them on his phone, many of an explicit nature.

They also showed sexual activity had taken place between them both.

Hussain, from Stechford, Birmingham, has now been struck off for life by the Education Secretary following the hearing by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

The TRA said: “Messages found on the phone revealed the communications were of a sexual nature.

“The pupil also disclosed that Mr Hussain had undertaken a fake ‘marriage’ ceremony with her over the phone.”

Hussain groomed his victim between April and May 2018 and was arrested in May 2018 by West Midlands Police.

Peter Ward, who chaired the hearing, said: “Mr Hussain was convicted and imprisoned for a number of serious sexual offences against a vulnerable pupil, whom he had personally taught.

“This was a premeditated course of conduct that took advantage of his position of trust over Pupil A and also demonstrated a complete disregard for her well-being for his own sexual gratification.

“There was clear evidence of ongoing harm not only to Pupil A, but also to her family.

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“Mr Hussain did not provide the panel with any material in mitigation, there was no indication of any remorse or self-awareness of the seriousness of his misconduct, despite there being evidence of his training in safeguarding.

“The only information that Mr Hussain provided to these proceedings was that he did not have any intention of returning to teaching.

“Of particular concern to the panel, was Mr Hussain’s attempts to seek employment elsewhere as a teacher whilst under investigation for these offences.”

The panel were told Hussain had sent a note to the hearing, saying: “The hearing can go ahead without me, I’ve decided not to attend…it’s not a profession I’m going to pursue in future.”

Alan Meyrick, for the Education Secretary, said: “I have considered the panel’s comments ‘Mr Hussain was convicted and imprisoned for a number of serious sexual offences against a vulnerable pupil, whom he had personally taught.

“I consider this to be very serious.”