Retired music teacher to be sentenced next month after admitting to indecent images charges

Eric Wayman of Gosberton who 'indicated pleas of guilty' to indecent images charges when before Boston magistrates on Wednesday.
Eric Wayman of Gosberton who 'indicated pleas of guilty' to indecent images charges when before Boston magistrates on Wednesday.
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A retired music teacher and church organist who admitted to having more than 4,000 indecent images of children in his possession will be sentenced next month.

Eric Wayman (63), of Bowgate, Gosberton, who retired as head of music at Spalding Grammar School in 2004, is due to appear before Lincoln Crown Court for sentence after also indicating guilty pleas to 11 charges of making indecent photographs of children.

Retired music teacher, choir director and organist Eric Wayman with soprano Lesley Garrett at the MaNIFEST concert, St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Retired music teacher, choir director and organist Eric Wayman with soprano Lesley Garrett at the MaNIFEST concert, St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The case was committed from Boston Magistrates Court where Wayman appeared last Wednesday and was given conditional bail, with requirements not to have any unsupervised contact with children under 16 and to register with police in Spalding until the case is dealt with.

Wayman was well-known as music director of South Holland choir Cantemus which he founded in 1986 during his 29-year teaching spell at Spalding Grammar School.

Chairman of governors and vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, Rev John Bennett, said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear that Eric Wayman had admitted to serious offences.

“As a church, we take the safeguarding of children and young people very seriously and I have been assured that none of his offences involved anyone at St Mary and St Nicolas Church.

“People who attended our services on Sunday were still coming to terms with this news and I have assured them that if they have concerns they can talk with me.”

Wayman was a student at Spalding Grammar School from the age of 13 and formed a choir made up of classmates and teachers before going on to study music in London.

While working as a teacher, Wayman also ran the choir at St John the Baptist Church, Spalding, where he was also an organist and he helped SADOS (Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society with several of its productions.

Most recently, Wayman was involved in MaNIFEST, a week-long programme of musical events last November which featured international soprano Lesley Garrett.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Lincoln said: “We cannot comment on the details of this case because legal proceedings are active.

“However, we do recognise how deeply upsetting these matters are for those affected as both the diocese and the Church of England place the highest priority on the welfare and protection of children and young people.

“Therefore, we will respond without delay to ensure that any safeguarding concerns that come to the church’s attention are passed to the police or local authority to enable the correct action to be taken.”