Man charged in Chetham's music school investigation

A 59-year-old man has been charged by detectives investigating historical claims of sexual abuse at music schools in the Manchester area.

Nicholas Smith, of Malestroit in France, has been charged with one offence of indecent assault, Greater Manchester Police said.

A general view of the Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. Credit: PA Wire

"The charges relate to the indecent assault of a teenage girl between 4 May 1976 and 3 June 1978," a police spokesman said.

The girl was a pupil at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester at the time the alleged offence took place.

Smith is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 13.