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Choirmaster Andrew Teague jailed for sexual abuse

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Image caption Andrew Teague has performed with choirs in cathedrals across England

A former choirmaster who sexually assaulted two teenage boys has been jailed for three years.

Andrew Teague, who has performed with cathedral choirs across England, committed the offences as a young music teacher in his early 20s.

Teague, 63, admitted three counts of indecent assault committed against the boys in 1975.

The former master of choristers at Bradford Cathedral was sentenced at St Albans crown court.

He was a freelance music teacher and organist living in Hertford when he committed the offences, the court heard.

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Image caption St Albans Crown Court heard both victims kept quiet for years about the abuse before speaking to police in 2013

The court heard both victims had kept quiet for years about the abuse and only spoke to the police in 2013.

Sally Mealing-McLeod, prosecuting, said Teague assaulted a 13-year-old boy after being employed by his parents as a music tutor in Hertford.

"He recalls sitting on a bed with the defendant, who started touching him," said Miss Mealing-McLeod.

Teague went on to fondle the boy, she said.

On another occasion Teague performed oral sex on the boy as he lay on a bed.

In the same year, while working as an organist, Teague targeted a chorister in Bishop's Stortford. He indecently assaulted the 14-year-old on a coach while the choir was on tour.

Following his arrest, he rented out his home in Clayton, Bradford, and moved with his wife to Rue des Marchands de Vin, in Rancon, France.

Antonie Muller, defending, said: "He is 63 and these offences 40 years ago are the only offences in his entire life.

"Deep down he is a decent man, save for these offences he committed all those years ago."

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