EIGHT more women have contacted police claiming to have been indecently assaulted by a former music teacher.

Michael Crombie, of Monkhams Avenue, Woodford Green, was convicted of 26 charges of indecently assaulting nine girls aged under 16.

The 73-year-old former Wanstead High School teacher was also found guilty of seven charges of making indecent images of a child and one charge of possessing indecent images of a child.

At the conclusion of the trial, last Friday, Det Insp Mick Thurley, of the child abuse investigation team based at Woodford Police Station, said there could be a second investigation and trial as 15 women had contacted police since the trial started.

Today a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said 23 women have now contacted police claiming to have been indecently assaulted by Crombie.

During the three-week trial the court heard Crombie inappropriately touched nine music pupils on the chest and legs while he was tutoring them at his home.

He also filmed one pupil, who was abused over a period of six years, submerged in his bath.

The youngster, who was at times naked, was convinced to get get in the bath and hold her breath as it would improve her breathing technique for recorder playing.

Crombie is due to be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on December 21 and the length of the jail term will determine whether the police and Crown Prosecution Service pursue another case.