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Christian singer charged with 'indecent assault' of teen boy.


A MUSIC teacher facing charges of indecently assaulting a teenage schoolboy is a top singer and songwriter on the Christian music scene, The People can reveal.

Former youth leader, blonde Laura-Anne Brownlee is due in court in May accused of indecently assaulting a teenager.

Brownlee, from Edenderry Village in south Belfast, is charged with five counts of indecent assault against the boy.

The 25-year-old is due to appear at North Down Magistrate's court, police have confirmed.

Brownlee, a music teacher at top private school Rockport, was suspended from her teaching post last November as a result of the police probe into allegations of abuse.

The charges do not relate in any way to the posh Holywood school - or to any pupil from the school, past or present.

Brownlee is alleged to have had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy who attended a youth group where she was a leader.

She was asked to step down from her voluntary post last year.But The People has learned that the talented music teacher also has a flourishing career on the Christian music scene.

Laura-Anne's website, which promotes her new material and gives information on the singer, was off-line yesterday.

But in promotional blurb Laura-Anne, formerly Collins, describes herself as "a new Christian Irish artist from Belfast".

Well-known in Ulster music circles, Laura-Anne has played with local Christian artists such as Barry Bynum, Booley and even Brian Houston.

The singer has gigged extensively across Ireland and the UK - both with her band and as a solo artist - and has released two albums: Fragments (2001) and The Live Album (2005).

Details of forthcoming gigs were to be available at her website


CHARGED: Laura-Anne Brownlee is due in court accused of indecently assaulting a teenage boy; inset, her Christian music album 'Fragments'
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2005
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