Teaching hopes over for man who exposed himself to his neighbours (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Andrew Beasley, from Northallerton, faces jail as police speak of victims' "harrowing ordeal"
A FORMER teacher who was accused of regularly parading naked in his front window in full view of neighbours and passers-by could face a jail sentence after he was convicted of three counts of exposure.
Andrew Beasley was alleged to have exposed his genitals to five different women, including one who was with her seven-year-old granddaughter.
A jury at Teesside Crown Court took more than four hours to find the 40-year-old guilty of three of the nine counts of exposure he faced. Not guilty verdicts were returned on the remaining charges.
Beasley, 40, of Allerton Close, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, had denied the offences and told his trial he was either at work or watching football during some of the incidents.
He also suggested some of the complainants had colluded against him.
Members of Beasley's family, who have accompanied him in court, sobbed as the guilty verdicts were returned.
Beasley had said he hoped to get back into teaching, but his barrister, Richard Wright said the convictions meant the end of his career in the profession and he had already been told he would be effectively struck off the teaching register.
Recorder Anton Lodge said Beasley had been a man of positive good character up until this point.
The judge said he needed to know more about the defendant before he could sentence him and requested a report be prepared on him by probation staff.
Recorder Lodge said he would not indicate at this stage the sentence he would pass. Beasley was bailed ahead of his sentencing hearing in about four weeks time.
Sergeant Tim Smith, of North Yorkshire Police, said the victims who gave evidence in the case had been through a “harrowing ordeal”.
He said: “We welcome the verdict of the court. Beasley now has to face the consequences of his actions.
“I would like to praise the courage of the witnesses and the unwavering support of their families for coming forward and putting themselves through this harrowing ordeal.”
A statement issued on behalf of the complainants said: “It has taken a lot of courage on the part of the witnesses to report his [Beasley's] behaviour.
“We sincerely hope he will acknowledge that he has a problem and for the sake of his family seek professional help.”