Chetham's music teacher jailed for historical sexual assault on pupil - Nicholas Smith

Former music teacher from Chetham's school of music in Manchester has been sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting sexually assaulting a 15-year-old pupil in the 1970s. Conductor Nicholas Smith, 66, pleaded guilty to the "serious" assault, which took place at his cottage in the Peak District when he was about 30. The court heard that Smith invited the girl, whom he knew from the school's chamber orchestra, to visit his country home near Buxton, at some point between 1976 and 1978. His wife also came along, but was upstairs when Smith sexually assaulted the teenager. He stopped when the girl made clear she was upset, Minshull Street crown court in Manchester heard.

Smith made the invitation knowing that the teenager was "very unhappy" at the school as a result of homesickness and having suffered "frankly sadistic behaviour at the hand of other staff members", in particular one housemistress, his barrister Neil Usher said. If your or a loved one have been subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.

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