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LONDON, ON - A London-area Catholic teacher has had his teacher's certificate revoked after he was convicted of possessing child pornography.
Following a disciplinary hearing in Toronto where neither John Roy Maycock nor his lawyer were present, the Ontario College of Teachers found him guilty of professional misconduct and ordered his teacher's certificate be revoked.
Maycock was a Grade 4 teacher at St. David's elementary school in Dorchester, Ont., when he was arrested and charged by London police on June 22, 2009, for possession of child pornography.
The probe began after a CD was left in an envelope for investigators. The CD contained images and videos of nude prepubescent girls found on Maycock's home computer. Police discovered his collection was made up of 4,009 images and 180 videos.
Maycock, then 55, pleaded guilty in August 2011 and was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years' probation.
Through a spokesman, London District Catholic school board education director Wilma de Rond said Maycock was removed from the classroom and hasn't been in the classroom since the charges. He no longer works for the Catholic board, she added.
Asked why there was such a long gap between the time he pleaded guilty to the time his disciplinary hearing came before the teachers' college, the organization's spokesman, Brian Jamieson, said a hearing date wasn't set until August 2012 -- after the court case was settled -- and happened soon afterward.
"The court system and our discipline process are separate and distinct," he said. "Many people have the erroneous impression that actions here follow instantly and automatically once a court case is decided."
But the committee conducts its own investigation, he added, and often waits until a court case is settled to avoid conflict between the two processes.
Maycock began teaching in 1980 and his teaching career took him across the country before he settled in Dorchester.
At his sentencing, a judge ordered his name be added to the federal sex offender registry for 10 years and that he stay away from schools, playgrounds and day-care centres.