A French teacher who was found in a hotel room with her 17-year-old student after prom was only caught after another pupil walked in on their tryst and posted a photo to social media, a tribunal heard.
Isabelle Graham is accused of “repeatedly engaged in sexual activity” with her pupil in a city centre Travelodge and faces being kicked out of the profession.
The investigation began after senior teaching staff were made aware that “a photograph had been uploaded on social media”, Fraser Thomson, a council employee who investigated the case, said.
A hearing in Edinburgh was shown the picture, which appeared to show Mrs Graham in bed and the pupil near the door.
The photo was reportedly taken by a sixth year – the Scottish equivalent of year 13 – pupil who was sharing a room with his fellow student and returned numerous times to find the teacher in bed.
Mrs Graham, who was not present or represented at the hearing, denies the charges and claims to have no recollection of events after 10.30pm, having drunk four glass of wine.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) is investigating Mrs Graham for travelling with the boy and other pupils from an upmarket Edinburgh hotel, where the prom took place, to a nearby Travelodge in June 2014.
The former teacher at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian, is alleged to have spent three hours alone with the teenager – drinking with him, sharing a bed with him and “repeatedly engaging in sexual activity” with him.
Mr Thomson said evidence from students outlined how they saw “Pupil A and Mrs Graham lying on the bed, one on top of the covers and one underneath the covers.”
Mrs Graham previously admitted that four glasses of wine would not normally intoxicate her to that level, and that her hair was similar to the one pictured, but denied recognising the teenager in the same photograph.
Case presenter Carla Roth said that Mrs Graham’s claim that she was “totally out of it” as a result of drinking “differs from comment made by any witness.
Ms Graham resigned from her position after the alleged incident took place.
A spokesman for West Lothian Council said: “Ms Graham is no longer employed by West Lothian Council and it would not be appropriate to comment further.”
The hearing continues.
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