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Chetham sex scandal: Police arrest one man and investigate 20 further allegations at Manchester school

By Glen Keogh

The historical sex abuse scandal at a Manchester music school has widened with police today arresting one man on suspicion of rape and investigating 20 further reports.

A 57-year-old Cheshire man was arrested this morning and police are investigating 20 more individual reports of sexual offences reported by former pupils of Chetham’s School of Music.

This comes after former BBC choirmaster and Chetham’s teacher Michael Brewer was found guilty of five counts of indecently assaulting Frances Andrade in 1978.

However he was cleared of raping the former pupil, who committed suicide just days after giving evidence at the trial.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: “Various names have been mentioned in the press of people involved in offences.

“Clearly we will use this information, comparing it against allegations made.

“It is also important to point out that given the number of people we need to speak to and the number of enquiries to be done, this is an investigation that could take some time.”

Brewer, 68, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault but was cleared of rape and a further three charges of indecent assault.

His wife Hilary Brewer, 67, of Rossendale, Lancashire was found guilty of one count of indecent assault at Manchester Crown Court, but later cleared of aiding and abetting rape.

Chief Superintendent Jackson added: “While we appreciate the anguish of victims who have waited years to come forward, it is only right and proper we do things robustly and comprehensively.

“Whilst we will work expeditiously, this cannot be rushed.” 

Picture courtesy of Tom Jeffs, with thanks.

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