Accused cleric link to top music school probe

McKenna, Michael & Gearing, Amanda (2013) Accused cleric link to top music school probe. The Australian.

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Abstract

THE senior Anglican clergyman at the centre of an international child sex scandal was also a governor of a prestigious English music college that is under investigation for the alleged abuse of scores of its students across decades.

Robert Waddington, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted students and choirboys in Britain and Australia, was a governor of the scandal-hit Chetham's School of Music for nine years. Waddington recruited students from the school for his choir at Manchester Cathedral, and allegedly abused at least three of the boys until he retired in 1993.

The police investigation into the school, which began after the conviction in February of Michael Brewer, a former Chetham's music director, for the sexual abuse of female students, has not previously looked at Waddington.

A victim has told The Weekend Australian that he was aware Waddington abused several boys from Chetham's who, like him, had been in the choir.

The Cambridge University-educated business analyst, who has offered to give evidence under oath to police and the Church of England's inquiry into Waddington, said the clergyman had kept a collection of pictures in his house of boys he had abused.

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ID Code: 69064
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1038-8761
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2014 23:52
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2014 23:52

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