Former choirmaster and teacher jailed for abusing boys

Former choirmaster and teacher jailed for abusing boys

Justin Burns

Former choirmaster and teacher jailed for abusing boys
John Lillis

A former teacher and choirmaster from Windsor has been jailed for six years for indecently assaulting two boys under the age of 16 in Surrey.

John Lillis, of Arthur Road, was put behind bars at Guildford Crown Court on Friday after he was found guilty at a trial last month at the same court.

The 63-year-old had previously admitted five counts of indecent assault and a jury found him guilty of indecent assault and attempted buggery against two boys under the age of 16.

All the offences happened between 1976 and 1982 at a house near St Dunstan's Catholic Church in Woking.

Lillis was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

Detective Constable Paul Carpenter, of Surrey Police, said: "This sentence reflects the severity of the abuse which Lillis metered out to his victims.

"He used his position of authority and trust to groom the children who were pupils at the school where he taught and members of the church in which he sang.

"He duped them and their parents into believing he was a safe and reliable mentor, when in fact he was insidiously weaving his way into their lives before sexually abusing them.

"He became part of their family but clearly had his own separate agenda and did not waiver from this over many years."

Det Con Carpenter said he hopes the result will give closure and go some way to help the victims move on with their lives.

He added: "They (victims) are to be commended for their courage and fortitude in coming forward and pursuing this prosecution after many years."

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