Stripper who taught in Redbridge school is reprimanded

A former Redbridge teacher who moonlighted as a stripper and appeared in pornographic films has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct but left free to continue teaching.

Benedict Garrett, 31, was given a reprimand yesterday after a two-day disciplinary hearing in front of the General Teaching Council (GTC).

Mr Garrett, who uses the pseudonym Johnny Anglais, was head of personal, social and health education at Beal High School, Woodford Bridge Road, until July of last year when he resigned.

GTC chairman Derek Johns said Mr Garrett was “unlikely” to seek to return to the teaching profession while working as a stripper or in adult films.

On his website, Mr Garrett, of Hackney, offers services including lap dancing, stripping and serving food in the nude at private dinner parties.

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He describes himself as a “A man with a mission... to unashamedly demonstrate the art of pleasure in the realms of fitness, sex and entertainment.”

An investigation was launched after students reported seeing their teacher in a trailer for an adult film.

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Mr Johns said the panel believed the reprimand was a “proportionate” sanction and told Mr Garrett: “The committee has been impressed by the respectful and professional way in which you have represented yourself at this hearing generally and the submissions made by you in mitigation.”

Mr Garrett was also found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct in relation to messages he exchanged by email and on Facebook with Year 10 students. He had admitted the allegation.

An allegation that Mr Garrett left inappropriate voicemail messages on the mobile phone of the school’s associate head teacher was unproven.

The reprimand will remain on the GTC’s register for two years.

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