Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Tears Streamed Down My Face. I Looked at Him and Said.Tell Me You Haven't; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Tears Streamed Down My Face. I Looked at Him and Said.Tell Me You Haven't; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: By SAM BEATTIE

THE former partner of a child sex offender told today how her world was torn apart when she discovered that the man she loved harboured a vile secret.

Sasha Pearce said she wishes Andrew Finn had been jailed after he was caught downloading sickening images of child abuse on their family computer.

Twenty-five-year-old Finn only came under investigation after his father, also called Andrew Finn, was charged with assaulting and spying on a young girl.

Sasha, who had been in a relationship with former soldier Finn for two-and-a-half years and has a young son with him, felt sick with shock when he was arrested last November.

"I had two police officers come knocking on my door. One of them said, 'I'm arresting you, Andrew Finn, on suspicion of possessing child pornography'," said the 20-year-old who lives in Billingham.

"I looked at Andrew and tears came streaming down my face. I looked at him and said, 'tell me you haven't'.

"My first question to the police was, 'is there anything to do with my daughter on there'. I can't describe how relieved I was when they said 'no'. The whole day I was just numb.

I felt sick, I wanted to cry and curl up. I didn't know what to think.

"I spoke to my mum afterwards and I just cried to her. My head was in pieces."

Sasha, a world champion in martial arts who taught the sport with Finn Jnr and his dad, said when the former army chef was caught, he span a web of lies and deceit in an attempt to dodge justice.

Now the spark between them when they first met through martial arts feels like a distant memory, she said.

"I was 16 when I met him. I'd just turned 17 when we started a relationship. I looked at him and thought 'wow'. I was smitten. He had an extremely bubbly personality but he could also be very domineering."

Not only has the ordeal spelled the end of her relationship, it also threatened to shatter her relationship with her children, aged under six. …

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