A FORMER Dundee University lecturer who admitted sending “romantic” text messages to a 12-year-old girl has been struck off.
Jonathan Kobine, 48, of Broughty Ferry, also admitted giving a 13-year-old girl his phone number.
The allegations came to light after Mr Kobine became a probationary teacher at a high school.
Mr Kobine had previously agreed to a removal with consent order following an investigation by the General Teaching Council Scotland.
The 48-year-old was not present at the hearing in Edinburgh.
He admitted sending repeated text messages to a girl who was then aged 12 which were “inappropriate and romantic in nature” at unknown dates in 2007.
Kobine said he was employed as a lecturer in engineering at Dundee University from about 2002 until about 2014.
He began training as a teacher between August 2014 and said he started his probation as a maths teacher Dundee High School in August 2015.
Previously, he told the Tele: “I am not contesting the allegations. They date back to a time in which I was going through a lot of personal difficulties with my marriage and I was under a lot of pressure with my work.
“It caused me to act in a very reckless way which I totally regret.
“It was completely out of character and obviously something I’ve got to live with.”
Police had investigated the incidents but no charges were brought.
He said: “I stupidly thought it was all in the past and I had moved on from that episode. I was at work as a probation teacher at Dundee High School when somebody found out I had been working there. I then found out I was being suspended and decided to resign.
“When I was going through the teacher training I was never asked about the two allegations — I would never have continued if I had known there would have been a problem.
“I got counselling to address personal difficulties and they were resolved.
“I decided to split from my wife. I’d been getting on with my life until this all blew up right in front of me.
“I’m really struggling to hold it all together.”
A letter sent to parents by Rector John D Halliday, which has been seen by the Telegraph, read: “I should stress that neither of these girls is or has ever been a pupil at the school.
“Further, I would like to reassure you that the allegations do not concern his time at the School and that Dr Kobine’s conduct at the School is not under any investigation.
“Dr Kobine was appointed last summer as a probationary teacher of maths and started with us at the beginning of the session on 22 August 2015. On 2 September we were made aware of certain allegations relating to Dr Kobine’s life before he became a school teacher. I immediately suspended Dr Kobine from all duties, pending a full investigation.
“Whilst suspended from school Dr Kobine decided to resign with immediate effect and, following best procedure, I personally informed the GTCS of the reasons for his suspension and subsequent resignation.”
The letter continued: “Our appointment process is thorough and effective and if the incidents reported had been recorded on his Disclosure form he would not have been appointed.”