Jailed music teacher, Michael Crombie, confesses to molesting 16 more victims

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Michael Crombie Michael Crombie

A JAILED former music teacher with a fetish for water has confessed to molesting another 16 victims.

Michael Crombie, 75, formerly of Monkhams Avenue, Woodford Green was jailed in 2010 after being convicted of indecently assulting nine girls during the 90s.

Crombie admitted yesterday exploiting young pupils while teaching at Wanstead High School and Beal Girl's School, Ilford between 1964 and 2007.

After his conviction police became flooded with new victims and further complaints.

Crombie was eventually charged with two counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child and 73 charges of indecent assault relating to 29 young girls.

At the Old Bailey yesterday he pleaded guilty to 47 counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual activity with a child relating to 16 victims between 1964 and 2007.

The rest of the charges were left on the file after the prosecution accepted his pleas.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC told Crombie he should expect an additional sentence when he returns to court on January 25 next year.

Crombie was due for release in May next year after serving his five year sentence, which was reduced from seven years by the Court of Appeal.

During the trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November 2010 the jury heard how he molested nine girls during private piano lessons at his home between 1991 and 2001, which also involved filming his victims naked underwater.

He was convicted of 26 counts of indecent assault, seven counts of making indecent images of a child and possessing indecent images of a child and jailed.

The new allegations date back to 1964 at Beal Grammar School and involve Crombie putting his hands into the girls' clothing, sexually assaulting them, touching and rubbing their back, chest and legs.

Crombie's victims at Wanstead High School from 1974 until 1990 also involved touching their bodies and kissing them on the lips.

Explaining how the allegations came to light, prosecutor Sandy Canavan said: "Mr Crombie approached one individual to act as a character witness [at his trial] and that individual went to police and said 'I'm a victim and I know two other victims.'

"As a result of publicity in the national press a series of further victims came forward during the trial indicating that they too had been victims of Crombie.

"A majority of these complainants had come forward by the time Mr Crombie was sentence."

The court heard Crombie was offered the chance of having the new victims 'taken into consideration' for his sentence but declined.

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1:55pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Cornbeefur says...

I do hope the victims now sue him for what he is worth.

I also hope that he receives some proper treatment in prison.
I do hope the victims now sue him for what he is worth. I also hope that he receives some proper treatment in prison. Cornbeefur

7:03pm Sat 22 Dec 12

SXH says...

I feel sorry for the victims, well done to them all, they are brave coming forward ( hope more do after the Jimmy Saville case)

He abused his position as a teacher, he needs treatment but not the type he will expect, his sick
I feel sorry for the victims, well done to them all, they are brave coming forward ( hope more do after the Jimmy Saville case) He abused his position as a teacher, he needs treatment but not the type he will expect, his sick SXH

6:02pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Sixtyeight42 says...

What about the schools? They have a duty of care. If my daughter was a victim I would explore sueing this man's employers!
What about the schools? They have a duty of care. If my daughter was a victim I would explore sueing this man's employers! Sixtyeight42

6:57pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Cornbeefur says...

Sixtyeight42 wrote:
What about the schools? They have a duty of care. If my daughter was a victim I would explore sueing this man's employers!
Hang on? Leave off?

The kids were coming home having been submerged in this blokes bath, turning up with wet clothing.

What on Earth were the parents turning their blind eyes to?

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[quote][p][bold]Sixtyeight42[/bold] wrote: What about the schools? They have a duty of care. If my daughter was a victim I would explore sueing this man's employers![/p][/quote]Hang on? Leave off? The kids were coming home having been submerged in this blokes bath, turning up with wet clothing. What on Earth were the parents turning their blind eyes to? Read Guardians passim Cornbeefur

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