Pianist John Briggs jailed for indecent assaults

February 28th, 2014

A renowned concert pianist has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of indecently assaulting music pupils. John Briggs had denied the attacks on boys aged 10 to 15, between 1969 and 1993. Bradford Crown Court heard his victims were sea cadets or boys he was teaching piano. Briggs, 65, of Little Lane, East Morton, in West Yorkshire, has performed at venues across the world.

The court heard two of the victims were boys he gave piano lessons to at his home and the others were members of Keighley Sea Cadets, where Briggs was president at the time and for which he received an MBE for his fundraising activities. he musician had denied committing any acts against boys and said the victims “made up the allegations in a vindictive campaign against him and there was not a shred of truth in them”.

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