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Ex-teacher jailed after assaulting young pupil.

Byline: PAUL BEARD Court Reporter news@coventrytelegraph.net

A FORMER church verger who indecently assaulted a teenage boy during private music lessons has been jailed.

Alan Baker, 81, abused the boy when the victim was just 14 or 15 years old in the 1980s.

His crimes came to light after the boy read newspaper reports of another youngster who Baker had abused.

The latest trial saw Baker, a retired teacher from Buckley Road, Leamington, jailed for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to three charges of indecent assault.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life at Warwick Crown Court.

It is sometimes understand that such activity has young Recorder Lowe Jailing Baker, Recorder Anthony Lowe told him: "This was a very grave offence. He was only 14 or 15 at the time.

"It is difficult sometimes to understand the effects that such sexual activity has on such young people.

"In the statement he's made to the court he says he always felt he had a dirty little secret, and that somehow there was some sense of responsibility on his part."

Prosecutor Paul Fairley said that in April last year Baker - a former assistant verger at the historic St Mary's Church in Warwick - had been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence for sexual assaults on a 17-year-old.

As a result of the subsequent press coverage, the police were contacted by a man in his early 40s who described having been abused by Baker when he was a teenager.

He had come in to contact with Baker, who at the time was a teacher at a local primary and middle school and a prominent member of St Mary's Church, at a time when he was having difficulties at home.

Baker befriended him and began offering him private music tuition, during which he said Baker would stand behind him, pressing himself against his back, although Baker denied doing so when he was interviewed.

The man also described incidents when Baker would push him up against a wall and fondle him.

difficult to the effects sexual on such people. Anthony Mr Fairley pointed out that as well as the sentence a year ago, Baker had been back before the court in November after he breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed at the time of the original sentence.

That had involved him continuing to give music lessons to children without informing some of the children's parents about his conviction, in breach of the order.

And as a result he was given an additional eight-month sentence suspended for two years.

Nick Devine, defending, said: "The principal piece of mitigation is, of course, the guilty plea he entered at the very first opportunity; and there is remorse felt by Mr Baker.

"The other factor is his age. He is 81 years of age and not in the best of health."

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Alan Baker, 81, at Warwick Crown Court

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