Community order for former teacher "whose life has fallen apart" after flashing conviction (From The Northern Echo)
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Community order for former teacher "whose life has fallen apart" after flashing conviction
Updated 8:54am Saturday 24th May 2014 in News
A FORMER teacher who exposed himself to neighbours and passers-by from his living room window has been given a community order.
Teesside Crown Court heard how Andrew Beasley's life had fallen apart following his conviction on three counts of exposure.
The former PE teacher is now working in an abattoir, is in the throes of a divorce from his wife and his home in Allerton Close, Northallerton, is up for sale.
His barrister Richard Wright said there was an element of bravado and risk taking in Beasley's actions, but it was “not sexual behaviour in the truest sense of the word”.
Beasley had denied exposing his genitals to five different women between May 2008 and August last year, one of whom was with her young granddaughter.
A jury cleared him of six of the counts he faced, but convicted him on three others.
Beasley, former deputy head of PE at Eston Park Academy in Middlesbrough, had lost his ability to ever work again as a teacher, Mr Wright said.
The barrister successfully argued that it was not necessary for Beasley to attend a sex offenders' treatment program, as had been recommended in a probation report, and claimed a financial penalty would suffice.
He said: “The guilty verdicts have had a brutal impact. The consequences have been so grave and the fall to earth so hard that the court could see that as an end to the matter.”
The judge, Recorder Anton Lodge said concerns expressed by residents on the estate where Beasley lives were justifiable and their responses had not been an overreaction.
However he did not deem him to be a risk to children, nor did he think it necessary to impose a sexual offences prevention order on Beasley, who was of previous good character.
He said: “I am satisfied that the shame you feel for these offences will prevent you from doing anything like this again.”
Recorder Lodge gave Beasley an 11 month long community order with supervision from the probation service and ordered him to pay £800 court costs.
Had the order lasted 12 months or more Beasley, whose parents accompanied him in court, would have had to register with the police as a sex offender, but the judge said he was satisfied that such provisions were not required.
He was warned that the penalty for his offending would be considerably increased if he did not comply with the order.