Leicester Mercury

Pervert teacher may have more victims yet to come forward

- By ADRIAN TROUGHTON adrian.troughton@reachplc.com @adriantrou­ghton


POLICE believe a music teacher who sexually abused four girls also attacked other females.

Detectives think that there are more victims of 46-year-old Christophe­r Dunn, who was jailed again last week for abusing a teenage girl more than 10 years ago.

Christophe­r Dunn, of Pulford Drive, Thurnby, who was jailed for six years in 2014 for sexual offences involving three other girls, was brought back to court when a fourth victim made a complaint about him.

The girl said she had felt unable to come forward when Dunn was originally on trial for the offences involving the other girls – all committed at around the same time – Leicester Crown Court was told last week.

Detective Constable Jamie Carr, the investigat­ing officer, believes there may be other victims of Dunn who have not yet come forward.

“I hope the victim in this case can take some relief from the fact Dunn is now serving a custodial sentence, which may allow her to move on to some degree,” he said.

“From my enquiries during this investigat­ion, I believe that there may be other women out there who were sexually abused by Dunn.

“I hope the fact he’s been convicted of these crimes – and is now serving a custodial sentence – could encourage those people to come forward.

“We have specially-trained officers who can offer support throughout an investigat­ion.”

Dunn met the victim he is now serving time for abusing while working at a musical establishm­ent in Leicester.

Sexual activity took place in various locations and continued after she turned 16.

The victim, now an adult, read her moving personal impact statement in court last week.

She said the defendant’s

“manipulati­on and grooming” sent her into a “toxic spiral of selfdestru­ction” and she needs intensive counsellin­g as a result.

She also harboured feelings of “hate and rage” and later suffered abuse from someone else.

Dunn admitted sexual activity with a child and two counts of sexual activity with a child when in a position of trust, when he was about 30 years old.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Head said: “You were one of her music teachers, in a position of authority and trust.

“In 2014, you were convicted after a trial of a series of sexual offences against three other young females in a similar position.

“You contested those allegation­s at trial, but I’m told you now accept your guilt.

“That you are facing another period of custody was the result of your decision to remain silent about your crimes against (the fourth complainan­t) and took a chance she wouldn’t come forward.”

Dunn was jailed for 19 months. He was told he would also have to enlist on a sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

 ??  ?? MULTIPLE VICTIMS: Christophe­r Dunn, at the time of his original trial in 2014
MULTIPLE VICTIMS: Christophe­r Dunn, at the time of his original trial in 2014

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