Portsmouth Teacher on Trial for Child Sexual Offences

March 17th, 2021

Former music teacher and chorister Mark Burgess, 67 from Hilsea Portsmouth, is on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court where he denies 52 child sex offences between 1976 and 2009. 

Mr Burgess was a teacher at the time of the alleged offences at Portsmouth City Boys School, and choirmaster at All Saints Church in Commercial Road in the city centre, and at St John the Baptist Church in Westbourne.

Burgess, denies 27 charges of indecent assault, 17 of gross indecency with a child, five of buggery, two of sexual activity with a child and one attempted indecent assault.

The trial continues and is expected to last nine weeks.