The ex-husband of one of the victims of a former Rothbury teacher, found guilty this week of indecently assaulting schoolgirls, described him as a ‘serial pervert’ who ‘should be locked away for a very long time’.
Joseph Kinnear, 59, of East Newtown Cottages, was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of nine counts of indecent assault relating to three victims and dating back to between 1975 and 1982.
He was found not guilty of a further five counts by a jury of nine women and three men on Monday.
Kinnear had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, which relate to a time when he was a teacher at Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School in Rothbury and Beaumont Middle School in Hexham.
He was convicted of a string of similar offences in 2006 and went on to serve a prison sentence.
This week, Judge Simon Hickey warned that he will be returning to jail when he is sentenced early next month. He will remain in custody until then while pre-sentence reports are prepared.
Reacting to the news, the ex-husband of one of his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, felt compelled to contact the Gazette to share his feelings.
In a letter, which is printed in full on Page 20, he said: “I believe he is a serial pervert, a danger to children and should be locked away for a very long time.”
He describes the terrible effect the crimes of 30 years ago had on his then-wife and how, while he was unaware of it at the time, it was ‘a major contributory factor in the break-up of our marriage and family life, but only a small part of the overall wreckage that Kinnear has left in his wake’.
During the trial, references were made on several occasions as to how the case has split the village of Rothbury into supporters and detractors.