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Rochester sex arrest choir boss Samuel Rathbone bailed again

22 January 2014
by Lynn Cox

Former Rochester Cathedral assistant director of music Samuel Rathbone

Former Rochester Cathedral assistant director of music Samuel Rathbone

The former assistant director of music at Rochester Cathedral who was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child has been bailed for a second time.

Samuel Rathbone, 27, who ran the girls’ choir, was arrested on September 27 on suspicion of sexual activity with a child and abuse of a position of trust.

At the time, police confirmed they had arrested a 27-year-old man from Rochester.

The Dean of Rochester, the Very Rev Dr Mark Beach, said Mr Rathbone had resigned in September to pursue other musical opportunities, but was on sick leave until his departure in January.

He began working at the Cathedral in October 2010, and had a shared responsibilty for the musical life of the cathedral with director of music Scott Farrell.

Mr Rathbone had been bailed until January 17 but that has been extended until Tuesday, April 15.

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