Further delay in sentencing of indecent pics teacher

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SENTENCE on a biology teacher who was found with more than 1,300 indecent images of children on his home computer has been further delayed by another month.

A proof in mitigation hearing was due to take place at Jedburgh Sheriff Court into the case of Andrew Beattie, 61, who also admitted indecently assaulting two former pupils in the 1990s.

But a psychologist who was to give evidence on a risk assessment report on behalf of the defence was ill and unable to attend.

Beattie – a teacher at Selkirk High School for 30 years – pleaded guilty to having the indecent images of children at his home in Hawick on May 14 last year. He also admitted indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy while working as a teacher at the school between April and August 1991 and also performing a sex act on a 15-year-old male pupil between April 1995 and May 1996.

Sheriff Donald Corke said the adjournment was “extremely regrettable” given the procedural history of the case in which it has been deferred on several occasions. Beattie’s bail was continued until September 30 and his name has been placed on the sex offender’s register.