Acclaimed organist accused of sex offences found dead

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David Sanger
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David Sanger's death is not being treated as suspicious

An internationally-renowned organist who faced child sex charges has been found dead at a house in Cumbria.

David Sanger's body was discovered by a police officer in Embleton, near Cockermouth, on Friday morning.

The 63-year-old, who was president of the Royal College of Organists, was on bail charged with eight counts of gross indecency against boys aged under 16.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with Mr Sanger's death.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1978 and 1982.

Mr Sanger, of The Old Wesleyan Chapel in Embleton, was arrested earlier this month following a Metropolitan Police investigation into claims of historic sex offences.

Scotland Yard confirmed he was charged with gross indecency and appeared before Whitehaven magistrates on Tuesday, when he was released on bail.

'Recording artist'

The musician was also vice president of the Cumbria Society of Organists and is understood to have been teaching organ at Oxford and Cambridge universities. He had previously been a visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The RCO has previously described him as "one of the world's most accomplished concert organists, and a highly regarded teacher" who had played at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

He was also a recording artist who has made more than 20 CDs, according to the organisation.

Mr Sanger, who was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1985, was due to stand down as RCO president at the end of the 2010/2011 college year.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed as a matter of routine, said Cumbria Police.

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