Psychologists’ reports differ in sex case

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PSYCHOLOGISTS asked to assess a teacher who indecently assaulted pupils and who was caught with 1,300 pornographic images in his computer have disagreed on how much of a danger he poses.

Disgraced biology teacher Andrew Beattie (pictured) was due to be sentenced at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. But Sheriff Donald Corke was told that assessments by two experts came to different conclusions.

Sheriff Corke said he was unable to proceed because of the contrasting opinions. He deferred the case until June 10 to allow the original psychologist time to respond to the report obtained by the defence which stated the 61-year-old, who is no longer employed as a teacher, was at low to moderate risk of reoffending.

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

Sheriff Corke ordered that a supplementary psychological report be prepared.