Teacher ‘asked 13-year-old girl for lapdance’

A FORMER biology teacher at Castlebrae High School has appeared in court charged with making sexual remarks to two 13-year-old pupils at the school.

Gavin Atkinson was a teacher at Castlebrae High School. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Gavin Atkinson, 57, is accused of asking a girl to perform a lap dance, told her he had seen her underwear and making comments of a sexual nature.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard he also asked a boy to imagine he had seen a female classmate dressed only in her underwear and made reference to the boy being sexually aroused.

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He is also alleged to have assaulted the boy by pushing him on the body and using his knee to press the boy against a wall to his injury.

Atkinson, from Crocketford in Dumfries, is also accused of having a conversation of a sexual nature with a female trainee teacher, making reference to underwear and to sending her e-mails of a sexual nature.

He pleaded not guilty today to four offences alleged to have been committed at the school between August 1 and December 24, 2013.

A date for trial was set for November.