A PAEDOPHILE music teacher who worked at a “prestigious” Market Rasen school has been jailed for 12 years after sexually abusing two boys.
Former De Aston School music teacher Phillip Nix, 50, of Torrington Road, Hainton, has been found guilty of seven charges of indecent assault on a male, two charges of indecency with a child, two charges of sexual activity with a child and three other serious sexual offences.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how 13 of the 14 charges related to one boy who Nix began grooming when he was just ten years old.
Nix (left) – who worked at De Aston School until 2002 before moving to The Gartree Community School in Tattershall – has now been banned from working with children for life.
Sentencing, Judge Sean Morris told Nix: “You have been a teacher for many years at some of the most prestigious state schools in the county. You have let them down.”
Nix – who carried out the offences between April 1999 and December 2004 – chose not to give evidence from the witness box but was convicted of all 14 charges at the end of a two-week trial.
The jury returned unanimous verdicts on all counts after deliberating for two days.
Judge Morris told Nix it was clear he had “groomed” one of his victims – who cannot be named for legal reasons.
He said: “Your downfall was that this boy grew up to be a bright, intelligent, talented young man who struggled with this dark secret until it became so heavy it came out.”
Nix – who also worked as a photographer – was ordered to register as a sex offender and has been given a sexual offences prevention banning him from being alone with anyone under the age of 16.
This order will remain in place after his release from prison.