From: Daily Record
A Steiner school hired a serial sex offender to teach music to primary pupils.
The Steiner School, in Glasgow, employed Steve Birch, who had two previous convictions for indecency against young boys.
The 53-year-old predator later refused a check that would have unearthed his past – but was allowed to remain there for another four years. The revelation emerged as Birch faces jail for abusing a boy.
School manager Kathryn Turner said: “The school is shocked and gravely concerned that a former employee has been convicted of this serious offence.
“Those involved with the appointment and termination of Mr Birch’s employment are no longer involved with the school therefore we are not in a position to comment at the moment but are investigating.”
She added that safeguarding checks had been in place at the school for years. The High Court in Glasgow heard Birch started at Steiner in 1995 after qualifying from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The £4000-a-year school took him on two years after he was fined for luring two 12-year-old boys to expose themselves in return for cash.
He also had a previous sex conviction from 1983 when he indecently assaulted a 10-year-old boy in his home town of Northampton.
In 2000, he was asked to go through a Disclosure Scotland check but refused.
Steve Birch eventually resigned in 2004 and began private music lessons from his home. There he pounced on his latest victim – a 13-year-old boy. Police were informed about the attack and found child porn on mobile phones and a DVD at his home, yielding 329 images.
Birch admitted the abuse and possessing child porn when he appeared before judge Lord Bracadale. He is due to be sentenced later this year.