Martin John Livingston gets award day after student performs oral sex
Source: heraldsun — A TEACHER received a Government award a day after allegedly having sex with a female student at his home.
A disciplinary hearing was told that Martin John Livingston, 50, allowed the student to perform oral sex on him after telling her that he was lonely.
Mr Livingston, who taught at a regional college, drove the student to his home about May 8, 2008, according to a decision published by a Victorian Institute of Teaching disciplinary panel.
The Herald Sun can reveal that the next day Education Minister Bronwyn Pike presented Mr Livingston with a teacher achievement award involving the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.
Mr Livingston and another teacher from the school were cited for developing a “personal development skills unit” and establishing important local partnerships, said a media release issued on May 9, 2008.
The VIT panel’s decision said that Mr Livingston had called the student “sweetie and darling” in his office and told her how beautiful she was after bringing her home. It was alleged he told her to sunbake on his banana lounge with her bikini on and that she should “stand there naked”, then saying “only kidding”.
Mr Livingston also told her to be quiet about being in his home as he could “lose his job over this”, the decision said.
The student said in evidence that Mr Livingston had cupped her breast, tried to kiss her and allowed her to perform oral sex on him.
Police investigated the incidents, but it is believed that no charges were laid.
Mr Livingston also faced other allegations involving another student whose thigh he rubbed and whom he told that he had a four-bedroom house with a pool and … he would be more than happy for her to live with him.
The school principal told the Herald Sun on Monday: “It’s very regrettable for the students concerned and the teacher is no longer a staff member at the school.”
The VIT panel cancelled Mr Livingston’s teaching registration after finding him guilty of serious misconduct.