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Hawick teacher's sex offences sentence deferred

Andrew Beattie
Image caption Andrew Beattie was found to have more than 1,300 indecent images of children on his computer

A Borders teacher found with more than 1,300 indecent images of children on his computer has had his sentenced deferred until next month.

When the offences came to light, two former pupils of Andrew Beattie, 61, came forward to say he had assaulted them.

He admitted having the indecent images at his Hawick home in May last year.

He also admitted indecently assaulting one teenage boy and performing a sex act on another in the 1990s.

Beattie, a teacher at Selkirk High for 30 years, was due to be sentenced at Duns Sheriff Court.

However, defence advocate Shelagh McCall explained that a risk assessment report from a psychologist was not yet available.

Sheriff Donald Corke deferred sentence until 13 May at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to allow the report to be prepared.

A previous court hearing was told how a joint operation run by Lincolnshire Police and the Child Protection Centre led to an e-mail address used by Beattie to download indecent images of children.

Police officers went to Selkirk High School where Beattie was working and detained him before searching his home and finding the images.

Beattie's bail was continued until 13 May and his name has been placed on the sex offenders register.

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