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U.K. Music Tutor Gets More Jail Time for Child Sex Abuse

British police said an “eminent” music tutor who was jailed in 2010 for sexually abusing girls during lessons in his home was sentenced to three more years behind bars after evidence of more attacks came to light.

Michael Crombie’s sentence was extended today by Judge Wendy Joseph in London after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting 16 girls between 1964 and 2007, the Metropolitan Police Service said today in a statement. The 75-year-old was scheduled to be released from prison in May after serving a reduced sentence on his prior conviction for abusing nine other girls between 1992 and 2002.

Crombie used his “position of trust to abuse children who had been placed into his care for music tuition,” Caroline Jackson, a detective inspector, said in the statement. “He was a prolific offender who committed unimaginable abuse.”

The sentence comes as police across Britain are ramping up investigations into historical sex-abuse claims after revelations the late British Broadcasting Corp. television star Jimmy Savile committed more than 200 offenses over decades without being caught. A probe triggered by the scandal has increased abuse reporting and resulted in 10 arrests of people in Savile’s industry, including U.K. singer Gary Glitter and former BBC disc jockey Dave Lee Travis.

In the 2010 case, Crombie was also convicted on eight counts of making and possessing indecent images of children. He was given a seven-year sentence, which was reduced by half on appeal, the Met said.

As with the Savile scandal, publicity from the original Crombie case led to many more victims, including girls he taught at schools, coming forward, police said.

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