Manchester Police today arrested a former music teacher at Chetham’s School of Music on suspicion of raping three pupils in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The Guardian and the Manchester Evening News name the man as Malcolm Layfield, 61. Layfield resigned as head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in February after being named by police as a suspect, his position (the college said) ‘having become untenable’.
The Guardian quotes police sources as saying that 10 teachers connected with Chetham’s or the RNCM are being ‘proactively investigated’ after complaints by some 30 women. Layfield is the fourth to be arrested. Presumptions of innocence apply. The police statement reads:
The 61-year-old man was arrested today, Wednesday 7 August 2013, on suspicion of three counts of rape.
He has been bailed until 17 October 2013, pending further enquiries.
The offences relate to the rape of three teenagers, aged 16, 16 and 18, between 1980 and 1991 while the man was teaching at Chetham’s.
The investigation follows the arrest and conviction of ex-Chetham’s head of music Michael Brewer for the sexual abuse of pupil Frances Andrade. Ms Andrade took her own life during the course of the trial.