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Complainant Name:
Mr Paul Beaumont

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Croydon Guardian


Mr Paul Beaumont of Croydon complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported the circumstances under which he had been reprimanded by the General Teaching Council. He was concerned that the newspaper had referred to him as a 'sex pest' and to him 'molesting' and 'fondling' a colleague, when it had been accepted at the hearing that the incident had occurred in the context of a joke and that the contact had not been intended in a sexual way. He was also concerned that a photograph of and personal details about him had been included in the article, and that evidence and testimonials heard in his defence, along with mitigating aspects of the ruling, had not been mentioned.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to amend its online article by altering the wording, removing the personal details and photograph and including reference to the relevant evidence, testimonials and aspects of the ruling.

Report: 79

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