Birmingham teacher banned from classroom for life for sexually abusing girl, 14, after sham marriage

The girl referred to Mazhar Hussain, 39, as her husband before going to police

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A Birmingham teacher has been barred from schools for the rest of his life, after abusing a 14-year-old girl he duped into a fake marriage.

Pupil A, the name given to the 14-year-old pupil, was given numerous gifts, including jewellery and a phone. The phone was used by Mazhar Hussain to communicate with Pupil A.

The girl described Mr Hussain as her husband on occasion, however went to the police after being advised to by a family friend.

Mazhar Hussain
Mazhar Hussain

Mr Hussain was jailed for three years and three months after pleading guilty to sexual activity with someone under the age of 16 in March 2021.

Hussain taught science at Hamd House School, a faith school to the east of Birmingham.

Following his arrest, uncovered over 2000 messages between Mr Hussain and Pupil A.

The messages showed that there had been sexual behaviour between the pair.

The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) has barred Mr Hussain for life.

The TRA said: 'Messages found on the phone revealed the communications were of a sexual nature.

'The pupil also disclosed that Mr Hussain had undertaken a fake 'marriage' ceremony with her over the phone.'

Hussain abused Pupil A from April and May 2018 and was arrested in the May of the same year by West Midlands Police.

Chair of the hearing, Peter Ward, said: 'Mr Hussain was convicted and imprisoned for a number of serious sexual offences against a vulnerable pupil, whom he had personally taught.

'This was a premeditated course of conduct that took advantage of his position of trust over Pupil A and also demonstrated a complete disregard for her well-being for his own sexual gratification.

'There was clear evidence of ongoing harm not only to Pupil A, but also to her family.

'Mr Hussain did not provide the panel with any material in mitigation, there was no indication of any remorse or self-awareness of the seriousness of his misconduct, despite there being evidence of his training in safeguarding.

'The only information that Mr Hussain provided to these proceedings was that he did not have any intention of returning to teaching.

'Of particular concern to the panel, was Mr Hussain's attempts to seek employment elsewhere as a teacher whilst under investigation for these offences.'

Mr Hussain filed a note to present to the hearing which said: 'The hearing can go ahead without me, I've decided not to attend...it’s not a profession I'm going to pursue in future.'

Alan Meyrick said on behalf of the Education Secretary: 'I have considered the panel's comments 'Mr Hussain was convicted and imprisoned for a number of serious sexual offences against a vulnerable pupil, whom he had personally taught.

'I consider this to be very serious.'