A MALE Christianstudies teacher has been banned from teaching for inappropriate sextalk with students at three Melbourne schools.
Gregory Ronald Henderson was found guilty of serious misconduct,which included behaviour that could be seen as "propositioning" a grade6 boy.
A disciplinary panel said Mr Henderson showed no remorse, insteadblaming students' "dirty minds" for misinterpreting his behaviour.
The Victorian Institute of Teaching panel found the 44-year-oldteacher made inappropriate comments in a year 8 religion and valueseducation class at outer-suburban Beaconhills College in 2002.
During a discussion about circumcision, one boy asked Mr Hendersonif he was Jewish and the teacher replied: "Stay behind after class andI will show you."
The panel found the inappropriate behaviour continued the following year at Keysborough's Lighthouse Christian College.
He told students he missed having sex, and while talking abouthomosexuality said, "If I ever decide to become one, I'll know who tocome to first" while stroking a male student's back and rubbing hishand.
While working as a casual relief teacher at a Government primaryschool in 2003, he asked a grade 6 boy if he wanted to be friendsoutside school, and held the boy's thumb while asking if he knew aboy's penis was the same size as his thumb.
"All these conversations and interactions were totally inappropriateand manipulative and could be interpreted as a teacher propositioning ayear 6 student," the panel said.
In a statement, the teacher said some of his dealings with the boywere in discussions about inappropriate behaviour, and his talk ofcircumcision was in a biblical studies context.