Jailed music teacher confesses to molesting 16 more victims (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Jailed music teacher, Michael Crombie, confesses to molesting 16 more victims
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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