Rachel Whitwell was investigated by the New Zealand Teachers Council (NZTC) after a member of the public complained her actions had brought the profession into disrepute. Ms Whitwell was featured in the New Zealand and Australian editions of Penthouse in "various states of undress, including totally naked".Former teacher struck off for Penthouse pictures | Stuff.co.nz
One picture showed her draped over an old fashioned school desk.
The magazine quoted Ms Whitwell as saying: "I am submissive in the bedroom because during the day I have to be in control in the classroom." In submissions to NZTC's complaints assessment committee, Ms Whitwell said Penthouse was a lawful publication and she had done nothing illegal. She said she was not working as teacher when she posed for the photographs.
"I simply modelled for some photographs in my role as a model, not as a teacher.
"Even if I was teaching I do not believe that you or the NZTC has any right to impose Victorian moral opinions on my life outside the classroom."
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