A college technician used a classroom computer to view escort websites during work hours.
Stephen Davies is accused of scrolling explicit websites like “AdultZone” and “XEscorts”, which he accused students of using his account to play a “practical joke” on him.
On Monday, the Education Workforce Council (EWC) was informed that the alleged behavior of the building technician at Cardiff and Vale College in Rumney, Cardiff, constituted unacceptable professional behavior.
Case moderator Cadi Dewi told the remote hearing that an IT tracking system used by the college, eSafe, reported inappropriate use of a class computer and took photos of some of the websites he visited.
“The worker in charge of monitoring security issues received a notification that a user named S Davies typed ‘Cardiff escorts’ into a Google search engine and accessed websites containing nudity and an international directory of escorts.” said she said.
“A report regarding Davies’ browsing history found that he had accessed two specific websites at UKAdultZone.com and XEscorts.com during work hours.”
Ms. Dewi said the college’s IT department had confirmed that Mr. Davies appeared to be registered on May 14, 2019 between 9:07 a.m. and 9:57 a.m. During that time, the account was used to access sites such as AdultZone and XEscort.
The websites contained “graphical and inappropriate material for a school environment,” said Ms. Dewi.
Mr. Davies was interviewed by the college but declined to register for the session, suggesting that other people in college may have seen him enter his password and then used his account to access the sites “as a joke”.
Ms Dewi said Mr Davies could not explain why the session also looked for other websites he had visited throughout the day, including those related to Brexit and foreign real estate on Rightmove.
Mr Davies’ claim that he was not in the computer classroom at the time but in a nearby workshop was denied by witnesses during an internal investigation, Ms. Dewi said.
Nicholas Ions, assistant principal and sixth grade at the college, said Mr. Davies told him the site search “might have been a practical joke from the students”.
Mr Ions said he had told college investigators that he “did not know of any reason why Stephen Davies would access these websites for work purposes”.
He said other websites accessed through Mr Davies’ account but not captured by the college’s IT system are VivaStreet.co.uk, WetForever.com and PerfectPetals-Escorts.com.
Students are not allowed to use the computer classroom without a tutor or lecturer present, Mr Ions said, even though they would have been elsewhere in the building at the time.
Instructor Alex Mackie told the hearing that Mr. Davies was liked by the students and was “quite a mellow character,” meaning that learners “tend to get away with a few things.”
Mr Davies declined to attend the hearing and has not dealt with the EWC process, the panel was told.
The panel therefore believes it is denying the allegations of accessing websites on a college computer with inappropriate content. and / or adult material during working hours; and / or in a college classroom.
The hearing continues.