Portsmouth choirmaster jailed for sex abuse

July 7th, 2021

Mark Burgess, former church choirmaster and teacher from Portsmouth, has been jailed for 40 years.

At trial Burgess was found guilty of 27 counts of indecent assault, 14 counts of gross indecency with a child, four counts of buggery, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one of attempted indecent assault.

Upon sentencing, 68 year old Burgess was told he would spend at least 21 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Burgess worked as an organist and choirmaster for the Church of England Portsmouth Diocese until 1992.  Burgess carried out the attacks in church vestries, school music rooms and at home during piano lessons between 1976 and 2009. 

Burgess also worked as a music teacher at City of Portsmouth Boys’ School and ran choirs at All Saints Church in Portsmouth and St John’s Church in Westbourne, West Sussex.

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