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Harpist who played for the Queen jailed for sexually abusing schoolboy
Danielle Perrett was jailed for four years and nine months (Picture: PA)

A ‘world-famous’ harpist who has played for the Queen was told by a judge her reputation is ‘in tatters’ as she was jailed for sexually abusing a boy.

Danielle Perrett and her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood were each jailed for four years and nine months for the abuse, which happened in the 1980s.

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They had both denied all charges but were convicted following a four-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Judge Rupert Overbury told the defendants: ‘Your reputations are now in tatters and Miss Perrett’s notoriety will be of a very different nature than a world-famous harpist.’

He said both defendants had been regarded as ‘pillars’ in their communities before the jury’s guilty verdicts, ‘one of you a teacher and dedicated employee of the museums service who gave time to his community; the other a world-famous harpist with a reputation for kindness and integrity’.

FILE PHOTO Danielle Perrett. See Masons copy MNHARPIST: World renowned harpist Danielle Perrett and her former church warden partner to be jailed over string of sex offences against teenage boy in the 1980s.
The harpist has previously performed for the Queen and former prime ministers (Picture: SWNS)
Undated handout photo issued by Suffolk Police of Richard Barton-Wood, 68, who has been jailed for indecently assaulting a boy while he was in his teens, who was also sexually abused by his ex-fiance Danielle Perrett as a schoolboy. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 27, 2018. See PA story COURTS Harpist. Photo credit should read: Suffolk Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood was also jailed (Picture: PA)

But he told them: ‘Each of you hid a darker side of your character; a characteristic which manifested itself in the early 1980s and resulted in the systematic abuse of a teenage boy.

‘I dare say that each of you has, over the last 30 years, hoped that this dirty secret would remain hidden.’

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Their accuser, now an adult, had told jurors that Barton-Wood, 68, had worked as a substitute teacher at his school.

He said Barton-Wood sexually assaulted him on sailing trips and camping trips, and that on separate occasions Perrett, 59, took his virginity and performed sex acts on him.

In a victim personal statement, he said: ‘These abusers took away my innocence, my childhood.’

FILE PHOTO - Danielle Perrett arrives at Ipswich Crown Court. See Masons copy MNHARPIST: World renowned harpist Danielle Perrett and her former church warden partner to be jailed over string of sex offences against teenage boy in the 1980s.
Perrett’s lawyer said she had been the victim of trolling on social media (Picture: SWNS)
File photo dated 30/1/2018 of Richard Barton-Wood who is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court alongside world-renowned harpist Danielle Perrett for separately indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s while he was in his early teens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 27, 2018. See PA story COURTS Harpist. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Both defendants denied all the charges (Picture: PA)

Both dedendants had claimed the allegations were untrue, the incidents did not happen and their accuser was trying to blackmail them.

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins, mitigating for Perrett, said her client ‘has been the subject of trolling online on Twitter and social media and has been a subject of many threats’.

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Stephen Rose, mitigating for Barton-Wood, said he was of previous good character and his family had stood by him.

Perrett, of Bridge Street, Alpheton, Suffolk, was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault.

Barton-Wood, of Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and of one count of attempted indecent assault.

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