30th September, 2021 11:37 am
- Christian Byard, 31, was working with teenagers for Cardiff City FC foundation
- Byard’s messages to teenage girls on the course were ‘sexually explicit’
- Despite a formal warning, he continued to send sexual messages to teens
- One girl said the messages had a significant impact on her mental health
A leading football club’s charity worker sent sexually explicit messages to teenage girls on a sports course, a misconduct panel heard.
Lecturer Christian Byard, 31, was working for Championship club Cardiff City FC foundation when he sent ‘inherently inappropriate’ messages to female learners on the course.
An Education Workforce Council (EWC) hearing was told Byard’s messages ranged from ‘flirty’ to using ‘sexually explicit’ words to the teenage girls.
Byard was employed by the Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, the official charity of Cardiff City FC, which offers education and employment opportunities for young people.
Mr Byard is accused of sending sexually motivated messages to four learners, three of whom were attending the foundation at the time in question.
However, despite foundation bosses banning Mr Byard from contacting girls outside of class and sending him on a safeguarding course, he went on to send explicit messages to three more teenage girls.
The hearing heard he allegedly sent messages or images to the girls while he was their teacher, contacting them via Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook.
Cardiff City Foundation programme director Simon Stephens said the messages were ‘sexually explicit’ but he could not remember their exact wording.
Byard was employed by the Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, the official charity of Cardiff City FC (pictured, Cardiff City stadium)
He said: ‘They referred to what he wanted to do to Learner A. There were references to c**k and p**y.’
One girl ,named only as Learner C, told investigators she was so put off by Byard’s ‘creepy’ messages she did not want to go to class any more.
In a statement she said the messages ‘had a significant impact on my mental health and relationship with males my own age.’
The fitness to practise panel was told that when the messages came to light Mr Byard resigned his position.
The panel heard the complaints were passed to police but no action was taken.
Mr Byard is not attending the EWC hearing held via Zoom and is not represented.
The hearing in Cardiff continues.
Source: Daily MailTags: child protection, safeguarding, sexual abuse
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