Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ex-violin teacher accused of 'sexually abused students' shoots himself as police arrive to arrest him

Sasha Brady

Published 02/09/2015 | 17:06

The Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester
The Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester

A former violin teacher accused of sexually assaulting girls at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester is understood to have shot himself when US police arrived at his Los Angeles home to arrest him.

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Christopher Ling (56), was one of a number of suspects in an investigation into abuse allegations at the prestigious Manchester music school.

He faced extradition to Britain over claims that he groomed female students under cover of holiday tuition at his home in Reading, as well as at the music school in the 1980s.

It had been reported in 2013 that 10 women accused Mr Ling of abusing them in the 1980s while he was a freelance teacher at Chetham's.

Christopher Ling moved to the US following allegations that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old pupil
Christopher Ling moved to the US following allegations that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old pupil

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The women alleged that he had instructed girls as young as 13 to strip naked during lessons or spank their bare bottoms. Mr Ling is said to have bragged about taking nude pictures of the girls.

Mr Ling moved to the United States in the early 1990s and and worked at a talent management agency in Hollywood called CHL Artists Inc.

The move came after a previous police inquiry into allegations that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old female pupil had been shelved.

It is reported that he moved to the US after a previous police inquiry into allegations that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old pupil had been shelved. Mr Ling had since refused to return to the UK for questioning.

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When US marshals arrived at his home in Sherman Oaks, California to serve a warrant and take him into custody, they discovered that he had died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A spokeswoman for the LA marshals service told the LA Times: "A team of US Marshals went to arrest Mr Ling and before they could do so he shot himself."

The allegations against Mr Ling were part of a wide-ranging inquiry called Operation Kiso. Claims against a number of individuals came in the aftermath from the high-profile sex abuse trial in 2013 of Michael Brewer, a former music director at Chetham's.

The trial heard historical allegations that sexual activity between teachers and pupils at Chetham's was not uncommon.

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