South Scotland

Hawick teacher admits sex act with pupil

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Image caption Beattie admitted the offences when he appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A Borders teacher has admitted child pornography charges and performing a sex act on a 15-year-old pupil.

Andrew Beattie, 61, of Longhope Drive, Hawick, had more than 1,300 indecent images of children on his computer.

A court was told press coverage of the case prompted two former pupils to contact police about the teacher.

Beattie admitted making sexual remarks to one pupil while working at Selkirk High School and performing a sex act on another pupil during the 1990s.

Appearing at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, he admitted having indecent images of children at his home on 4 May last year.

He admitted making the sexual remarks in 1991, while the sex act took place between April 1995 and May 1996.

Beattie was placed on the sex offenders register and sentence was deferred until 20 April at Duns Sheriff Court for reports.

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