Abuse in Musical Education

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  1. Troyhand says:

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    Boys choir founder jailed for indecent assaults

    The founder of a prestigious boys choir has been jailed for four years for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

    Adrian Jessett, 53, who was the musical director of the Manchester Boys’ Choir, pleaded guilty last month to eight sample charges of indecent assault dating back to 1996.

    Judge Barry Woodward at the city’s Minshull Street Crown Court told Jessett, who lives with his mother in Heaton Moor, Stockport, he had abused a position of trust with a young boy in his care.

    Sentencing him to four years in prison on each charge to run concurrently, Judge Woodward said: “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty are very serious offences. They are serious offences by reason of their nature but they are made more serious by the particular circumstances in which these offences were committed.”

    He added: “Essentially you were in control. One of the most aggravating features about this matter is that in that position of control you were trusted and it is difficult to imagine a more serious breach of such trust than that which you committed.”

    Jessett, who was supported by around a dozen friends and family in the public gallery, was also banned from working with children and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

    He made no reaction as he was led from the court.

    Story filed: 12:39 Wednesday 27th March 2002
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1896961.stm
    BBC News – 27 March, 2002
    Choirmaster jailed for indecent assault

    The founder of an acclaimed children’s choir was jailed for four years on Wednesday for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

    Adrian Jessett, 53, who established Manchester Boys’ Choir, pleaded guilty in February to eight sample charges of indecent assault dating back to 1996.

    Jessett, of Heaton Moor, Stockport, Greater Manchester, had denied one count of rape and three further offences of indecent assault.

    At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, Judge Barry Woodward told Jessett he had abused a position of trust with a young boy in his care.

    ‘Aggravating features’

    Sentencing him to four years in prison on each charge to run concurrently, Judge Woodward said: “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty are very serious offences.

    “They are serious offences by reason of their nature but they are made more serious by the particular circumstances in which these offences were committed.

    “One of the most aggravating features about this matter is that, in that position of control, you were trusted and it is difficult to imagine a more serious breach of such trust than that which you committed.”

    Jessett, supported by friends and family in the public gallery, was also banned from working with children and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

    All the offences took place at Jessett’s home or in his car, the court was told.

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    Initially he told police that the boy had instigated the “sexual nature” of their relationship.

    Prosecutor Maurice Greene, said Jessett claimed he had “allowed himself to be seduced ‘by the smile and desires’ of the boy”.

    Ahmed Nadim, for the defence, told the court that while Jessett had admitted responsibility from a very early stage, he had not done so in the hope of receiving a more lenient sentence.

    Manchester Boys’ Choir, founded by Jessett in 1981, has twice won prizes at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and won the UK National Choral Competition.

    After his arrest on suspicion of indecently assaulting a child, Jessett resigned as master of the choir, which is part of Manchester City Council’s education department.

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/sex-abuse-choir-chief-jailed-1166705
    Manchester Evening News – March 2002
    THE founder of the famous Manchester Boys Choir has been jailed for four years for molesting one of his choristers.

    THE founder of the famous Manchester Boys Choir has been jailed for four years for molesting one of his choristers.

    Adrian Jessett, 53, former musical director of the choir, pleaded guilty last month to eight sample charges of indecent assault dating back to 1996.

    He denied one count of rape and three further offences of indecent assault. He was suspended from the choir after his arrest and later resigned.

    Judge Barry Woodward told Jessett, who lives with his mother Edna in Heaton Moor, Stockport, that he had abused a position of trust with a young boy in his care.

    Sentencing him to four years in prison on each charge, to run concurrently, Judge Woodward said at Manchester Crown Court: “Your life has been one of showing considerable responsibility to society.

    “You are a man who has been held and probably will be held in high regard. However, these offences are very serious made worse by the particular circumstances in which they were committed. You took advantage of circumstances.

    “It is difficult to imagine a more serious breach of trust. It was calculated by you and to keep him quiet you relied upon his feelings towards you and fears he might have if the matters came to light.”

    Jessett, who was supported by friends and family in the public gallery, was also banned from working with children and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

    Jessett, 54, molested the teenage boy on up to 20 occasions over a four-year period during his time as choral director of the prestigious Manchester Boys Choir.

    One sexual assault took place in the guest conductor’s room at the Bridgewater Concert Hall in Manchester, where his choir is based.

    During some of the incidents which started in 1996 when the boy was just 13, Jessett told him: “If you tell anybody what I have done, I will go to jail. But I’ll say it was you who wanted it and it wasn’t my fault.”

    Jessett was arrested and suspended last October after the boy, now 18, told his girlfriend, then informed police.

    Jessett told police: “I’ve been stupid and weak and made a mess of things for a lot of people.”

    Jessett pleaded guilty to eight sample charges of indecent assault between July 1996 and May 2000 when the unnamed boy was aged between 13 and 17.

    His not guilty plea to rape and three other indecent assaults was accepted by the prosecution who wanted to spare putting the victim through a trial.

    Jessett founded the Manchester Boys Choir in 1981 and it has gone on to gain an international reputation.

    The Manchester city council-backed choir has twice won the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the UK National Choral Competition.

    It sang at the Bridgewater Hall’s opening night in 1996, and in front of the Queen and has performed at concert halls throughout the country and abroad.

    But one of Jessett’s former colleagues said he was a Jekyll and Hyde character. The man, who worked in the choir in the 1980s, said: “Jessett often reduced boys to tears in rehearsals. The next minute he would change and be charming. Professionally, he had an amazing reputation.”


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