An ex-church choirmaster was recently jailed for child abuse allegedly continuing for a period of more than 30 years.
Mark Burgess, from Portsmouth, was found guilty of 48 sex offences against 13 victims after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court. Burgess, carried out his attacks in church vestries, school music rooms and at home during piano lessons between 1976 and 2009, utilising his profession to perpetuate his evil. The court was told that some of Burgess’ victims were plied with alcohol before he would molest them.
Victims of Burgess’ abuse bravely came forward to provide evidence; Judge William Ashworth revealed the abuse had “devastating, lifelong effect” on one victim, while another “tried to bury the memory” of these hideous events. He further highlighted the “terrible anxiety and panic attacks” that another victim had suffered, and another’s feelings of “disgust and shame”.
Burgess was found guilty of 27 counts of gross indecency with a child, four counts of buggery, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one of attempted indecent assault. Burgess, 68, was told he would spend at least 21 years in jail before being eligible for parole.
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