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Primary school principal received £ 700,000 in court after being fired for threesome with teens



A 42-year-old elementary school principal who was fired after having sex with two 17-year-old boys was awarded nearly £ 700,000 by a court.

Matthew Aplin had a threesome at his home in August 2015 after meeting the two teens at Grindr – a dating app for gay, bi and trans adults.

Aplin, who had been a teacher for 19 years, was the principal of Tywyn Elementary School in Sandfields, West Glamorgan, and was open about his sexuality.

He was fired by the school principals, although police and local authorities decided that no crime was committed.

The former director argued that the trio was legal and part of his private life and described the case management as "biased and homophobic".

He launched a labor court alleging unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation after being fired.

The Employment Appeals Court found that Aplin would have been treated differently if he were a straight man having sex with two teenagers or a woman with two teenagers, and ordered Tywyn Primary School Governing Body to pay him more than £ 696,000.

The ruling stated that Aplin was "dedicated to working in the education sector and someone who was not only ambitious but effective."

After he was fired, the former teacher was unable to return to work because all the advertised jobs were run by the same Local Education Authority (LEA) that was overseeing his claim to discrimination.

It was therefore concluded that Mr Aplin was unable to mitigate his losses with the drawing.

"We have come to the conclusion that given his existing experience, he is likely to return to a teaching position and that he would do so faster than before because of his experience," the decision said.

"Doing the best we can, we see it would take ten years."

The compensation of £ 696,255.65 included £ 20,000 of sentiment damage, £ 286,424.37 of pension and £ 208,029.33 of loss of past and future earnings.

However, the court overturned at least 20 percent the £ 700,000 bill for the school because the teacher could have been fired without discrimination.

Aplin claimed the right to a private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The panel concluded: “Teachers have authority over children. If teachers have sex with children, it is not possible to see without the exploitation of evidence whether this authority is misused.

“It is therefore necessary to restrict the occasions when such sexual relations arise so that the confidence that teachers do not exploit this authority can be maintained.

"We therefore consider it possible to conclude that, in the circumstances of this case, the complainant could have been disciplined for his admitted conduct."

When it first met in September 2017, the court strongly criticized the school's investigative officer – who worked for the Neath Port Talbot Council – for discriminating against Aplin for being gay.

It was found that the officer approached the case on the grounds that Mr. Aplin could be a danger to children and that he produced a report “laden with judgments and conclusions hostile to Mr. Aplin” rather than being objective and factual. .

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