/ Man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl while working as a music teacher has been convicted

A man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl while working as a music teacher in the late 1970s has been convicted.

Michael Brewer (born 11/1/45) of Swartmore Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham was convicted of five counts of indecent assault following a trial.

Hilary Brewer (born 11/01/1945) of Knowl Gap Avenue, Rossendale, Lancashire, was convicted of indecent assault.

They were convicted at Manchester Crown Square Crown Court. Both were remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.

The charges relate to the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl while Michael Brewer was a teacher and she was a pupil at Chetham's School of Music in the late 1970s.

The offences happened in his office, at an address in Chorlton and in his camper van.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Pester said: "Michael Brewer, a high profile music teacher, was revered by his pupils and he abused the responsible position that he held to indecently assault a young, vulnerable school girl who was residing at the school and who was far from home.

"His crimes were appalling and it is only right that they have both now been convicted.

"As with all cases of historic sexual abuse, the victim showed incredible courage in supporting a prosecution and giving evidence.

"Tragically she is not here to see justice done and while we cannot go into details about that, on behalf of Greater Manchester Police I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

"We encourage any victim of sexual abuse, regardless of when or where an offence was committed to contact police and have specially trained officers on hand to deal with your complaint.

"The publicity surrounding this trial has resulted in a small number of calls to us and the Force's Public Protection Division will be working very closely with those people and anyone else who may wish to come forward as the investigation progresses."

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