December 2007

I was married to a paedophile

DAZED mum Andrea Hynes today told of her horror at discovering the man she wed was a paedophile.

Andrea was just 17 when she met Adrian Cartwright.

The couple married and had two children together before splitting.

But Andrea was appalled to learn her ex has been convicted of child sex offences.

Cartwright admitted eight counts of sexual activity with a child at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard the 37-year-old Tyneside tyre-fitter preyed on children as young as 13.

Today outraged Andrea revealed her disgust.

Andrea, who was married to Cartwright for seven years, said: “When I found out I just thought ‘Christ, I was married to a paedophile’. I’m really angry about what he’s done. It actually makes me feel sick to think about it.

“I can’t understand how a grown man can do that. It makes my skin crawl. We found out he touched children in a sexual nature. It seemed like it was progressively getting worse.

“I can’t believe he’s still out on the streets. He only lives a road away from a school, it really scares me. I don’t believe he’s not a threat to society.”

Originally from Teams, in Gateshead, Andrea, 38, met Cartwright through a mutual friend, and they married two years later in 1991 but split after seven years and Andrea now lives with her five children in Luton.

Andrea said she was naive when they met but has admitted that looking back she should have realised what he was.

She said: “I can’t believe I spent nine years with someone who has those thoughts. It makes me feel so angry and frustrated.

“When I was first with him I was only 17. When I look back on my marriage I think, ‘how didn’t I know?’ But then things actually got to the stage where I didn’t feel like we could be intimate.”

Andrea, who remarried a year ago, added: “Now I just think ‘Oh my God’, it’s just skin-crawling. The whole thing almost put a massive strain on my current marriage.”

Cartwright, of Fell Cross, Birtley, Gateshead, was originally charged with 12 counts of sexual activity with a child, but admitted eight. On November 8 he was sentenced to a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, an indefinite Sex Offences Prevention Order, a supervision order for three years and he is banned from working with children. He also faces a decade on the sex offenders register.