08 July 2014
Former Chetham’s Conductor Pleads Guilty to Indecent Assault
Nicholas Smith, an internationally renowned conductor and a former teacher at Chetham’s School of music has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young female pupil between May 1976 and May 1978.
He is due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on September 1st.
Mr Smith was arrested and charged for the offence following the conviction of Michael Brewer last year, who was jailed for 6 years for indecently assaulting an ex-pupil named Frances Andrade. Ms Andrade tragically committed suicide a week after giving evidence against him.
A number of other teachers from Chetham’s have also faced allegations of sexual abuse. For more information, please see our previous blogs:
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