Febuary 2012

Acting Sir free after groping teen girls

A PERVERT drama teacher who molested two teenage girls while giving them Shakespeare lessons walked free yesterday.

Joseph Kerr, 51 — who appeared in Emmerdale and A Touch Of Frost — struck at an acting school he ran with his wife.

He changed a Shakespeare monologue so he could make one 17-year-old victim bend over — then slapped her bottom.

Kerr also touched her indecently and told her: “I think what you need is to sleep with me.”

The other girl, 15, was groped during an end-of-rehearsal “hug”.

Kerr, of Fleetwood, Lancs, had denied charges of sexual activity with a child and sexual assault, but was found guilty at an earlier trial.

Barrister Richard Blomfield told Burnley Crown Court yesterday: “It’s inevitable he will never be able to teach again.”

Kerr got a suspended three-month jail sentence. He was also banned from giving under-18s individual tuition for five years.