The man, who now teaches in a New Middle School and is an amateur bodybuilder, had posted images of his muscular physique in a number of Internet forums. In some of the photos he is completely naked.
The images were brought to the attention of the head of the regional school board, Fritz Enzenhofer, who promptly fired the teacher. The teacher took his case before the employment court and won. The school board was then obliged to rehire him.
The teacher, who took a break from his job to travel to the US but then returned to Austria after his relationship broke down, said he had only posted the photos when he thought he wasn't going to be teaching again.
Enzenhofer is unhappy with the decision and told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper that if it was up to him, the teacher would be “long gone”. He added that the court had accused him of damaging the teacher’s reputation.