Rothbury ex-teacher guilty of indecent assault

Joseph Kinnear
Joseph Kinnear

A former teacher from Rothbury has been found guilty of two counts of indecent assault.

Joseph Kinnear, 59, of East Newtown Cottages, has been standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading not guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault dating back to between 1975 and 1982.

At the time, Kinnear was a teacher at Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School in Rothbury and Beaumont Middle School in Hexham.

Kinnear strenuously denies all of the charges against him.

But this afternoon the jury returned a verdict of guilty for the first two of the 14 offences which relate to one victim.

No decision has yet been made on the other 13 charges and the jury has been sent home for the weekend to continue deliberations on Monday.