Durham teacher faces sex charges in Australia

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A FORMER music teacher has been arrested over alleged child sex offences in Australia.

Lindsay Hutchinson is accused of committing the offences in Perth in the 1980s, shortly after the former Durham School teacher moved to the country.

Hutchinson originally moved to Durham from Melbourne, having won a scholarship to study at the university, before going on to teach music at Durham School in the late 70s and early 80s.

The 61-year-old, who regularly played in the city’s Norman cathedral, was recently extradited from Melbourne to Perth, where he was charged with 15 child sex offences against a boy.

He is alleged to have indecently assaulted the 13-year-old student while teaching at Christchurch Grammar boys’ school, between 1984 and 1985.

Hutchinson, employed by the Melbourne College of Divinity, was granted bail until his next court appearance on December 9.

It was on condition he does judge any music concerts or competitions involving children under 16, and live with his sister in Tasmania.