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Headmistress, 44, caught with Snapchat sex pictures of schoolgirl, 16, is banned from the classroom for three years


A HEADTEACHER caught with Snapchat sex pictures of a schoolgirl, 16, has been banned from the classroom for three years.

Married Rhian DeSouza, 44, was found out after the girl's suspicious mum discovered texts on her phone.

The pair sent pictures through Snapchat after DeSouza started helping her with exams.

The girl's mum then reported the matter to police and DeSouza was arrested.

She pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court in September 2018 to making two illegal sexual images of the girl and was given a two year community order.

Today a disciplinary hearing approved a Voluntary Prohibition Order - meaning she cannot work as a teacher for at least another three years and six months.

Stephen Powell, who chaired the Education Workforce Council hearing, said DeSouza was a headteacher Gellionnen primary school in Clydach, Swansea.

He said: "In or around late 2017, early 2018, DeSouza began a relationship with a child who was 16. She was not a pupil at the school.

"DeSouza was arrested after a complaint by the child's mother and suspended by the school.

"The committee considered that DeSouza behaved in a way that was unacceptable for a registered person."


DeSouza, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire had been head of the school for more than five years.

She must reapply for registration because of her conviction after her ban runs its course.

Mr Powell said the three-year ban was "both proportionate and appropriate."

He said: "DeSouza's actions amounted to a serious departure from the standards expected of her.

"DeSouza was very experienced and ought to have known what was appropriate.

"The conduct found proved is fundamentally incompatible with DeSouza continuing to be a registered person."

Mother-of-two DeSouza was not present at the hearing in Cardiff.