Social worker faces misconduct charge over Gary Glitter email

A children’s social worker from Scotland who allegedly sent an e-mail to colleagues containing a fake image of Gary Glitter kidnapping a child is facing misconduct charges.

Charles Devlin is accused of sending and receiving e-mails containing offensive and sexually explicit content from his work e-mail account while employed by South Lanarkshire Council.

In August 2008 he forwarded an e-mail with the subject heading “Gary Glitter at Duty Free” depicting an image of Gary Glitter, who has served prison sentences for child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography images, carrying a bag apparently containing a child, a Scottish Social Services Council conduct sub-committee will hear.

The practitioner is also accused of sending e-mails making reference to a child being placed for adoption and images showing same-sex couples in a state of undress.

Devlin, who qualified as a social worker in 1983, is accused of misconduct because the e-mails “could reasonably foreseeably have caused offence, alarm and distress to any recipient” including service users, their families and their carers.

The hearing is due to take place in the next few weeks.

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