Choirmaster charged with over 50 sex offences.

Former West Sussex choirmaster charged with over 50 sex offences against children.

Mark Burgess, 66 from Hilsea, Portsmouth was charged on 3rd February with 58 counts of offences that included buggery, indecent assault, gross indecency with a child and inciting sexual activity with a child. we understand the charges follow the police investigation named Operation Marmion.

The offenses took place when Burgess was working as a choirmaster for Westbourne Choir in Chichester and All Saints Choir in Portsmouth between 1976 and 2009.


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