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Pervert music tutor's lewd comments to boy; Piano teacher with an 'unhealthy' interest in boys.

Byline: EXAMINER News Correspondent

A PIANO teacher has been banned from working with children - after he made sexual advances towards a 12-year-old boy on a West Yorkshire bus.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that 62-year-old Huddersfield man John Wilson had previous sexual offences on his record dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

And in 1993 he was also convicted of trying to get a job at a boys' school without revealing his previous offending.

In May this year Wilson, of Gledholt Road, was found guilty by a jury of outraging public decency after he made lewd comments to the unidentified boy on the number 549 bus.

Wilson, who claimed to have 30 years teaching experience and to have worked at three boys' schools, was seen by passengers chatting to the distressed youngster.

At one point he handed the boy a diary which contained a photograph of a man's genitals and a telephone number.

The boy got off the bus at Hipperholme and public-spirited passenger Matthew Haughey intervened to stop Wilson from leaving the vehicle.

Judge Peter Benson yesterday commended Mr Haughey for his actions.

When police visited Wilson's home they found further diaries and photographs of men in erotic poses. Wilson said he identified prospective music pupils aged between seven and 12 by touring affluent areas on buses.

Judge Benson noted that Wilson had been convicted in the past of "comparatively minor" sexual offences.

"In 1993 you were convicted of obtaining a job by deception by failing to disclose those convictions. "Concerningly perhaps, the job was as a teacher at a boys' school," said Judge Benson.

"It is clear you have an unhealthy interest in young boys under 16."

The judge said Wilson had clearly been approaching the boy on the bus with a sexual motive in his mind.

But Judge Benson said there had been no actual sexual assault in the latest case and he believed the public interest would be best served by Wilson having some instruction and treatment under the terms of a three-year community order.

Under the order Wilson will be supervised for three years by the probation service and he must also attend an accredited sex offender programme.

Wilson will not have to register as a sex offender because a conviction for outraging public decency is not a qualifying offence, but he will be subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

Under the terms of that order Wilson is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with youngsters and there is a specific restriction which bans him from advertising or offering his services as a tutor to any child under 16.

Wilson is also prohibited from befriending or attempting to befriend any child under 16.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2010
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