Award-winning pianist, 30, accused of ‘manipulating and controlling’ 13-year-old girl during nasty sexual relationship after nursing her on Facebook
- Acclaimed Sydney pianist has been charged with 20 child crimes
- Jeremy So appeared in court on Saturday and was formally denied bail
- Police claimed he used Facebook Messenger to care for and monitor the girl
- So studied at the renowned Sydney Conservatory of Music in the city
A celebrated pianist has been accused of using Facebook Messenger to ‘manipulate and control’ a 13-year-old music student during a nasty sexual relationship.
Jeremy So, 30, faced Parramatta Bail Court in Sydney on Saturday, charged with 20 child crimes that allegedly took place between 2009 and 2012, while studying at the renowned Sydney Conservatory of Music.
His alleged victim was a student at the Conservatory High School, which is adjacent to the University of Sydney music school.
The court heard that the award-winning virtuoso first sexually assaulted the girl when she was only 14 years old.
So was then 18 years old.
Jeremy So, 30, faced Parramatta Bail Court in Sydney on Saturday, charged with 20 child crimes that allegedly took place between 2009 and 2012 while studying at the renowned Sydney Conservatory of Music (pictured)
The police records submitted to the court state that the complainant did not feel safe to report the shocking allegations against the pianist until after she left the music industry, the Daily telegram reported.
The court documents allege that So first contacted the girl on Facebook when he was in year 12 at Selective Conservatory High School.
“This was the beginning of a manipulative and controlling relationship (where the couple) spent long hours talking about MSN Messenger, which was picked up and handed over to detectives,” the police document said.
Their first face-to-face meeting reportedly took place in 2009 after So graduated from the adjacent University Conservatory of Music.
The relationship would then continue long after he took a prominent job within the Conservatory High School.
So the girl is said to have urged to ‘keep the relationship a secret’ in the messages.
He is also accused by the police of ‘controlling aspects of (the girl’s) life’, including her clothing.
When the girl turned 15 in 2011, So reportedly warned her, ‘I could be arrested for everything we’ve done so far … I think it’s ten years in prison.’
Charges include seven charges of aggravated assault, inducing a person under the age of 16 to commit indecency, obtaining a child under the age of 14 for unlawful sexual activity, and actual bodily harm.
Celebrated pianist accused of using Facebook Messenger to ‘manipulate and control’ a 13-year-old music student during a nasty sexual relationship (stock image)
Police allege that over a number of years when the girl was 14 to 16 years old, the teenager thus ordered sex acts in his apartment, as well as in the alleged victim’s home and in the Conservatory’s rehearsal rooms. High School, court documents reveal.
Police attacked the pianist that Friday at the Sydney Opera House and a host of other prominent international venues and arrested him at his home in Wiley Park in Western Sydney.
A search warrant was issued at the home and his electronic devices were seized for forensic investigation.
He was formally denied bail and magistrate George Zdenkowski told the court despite his clean criminal record that a “ substantial custodial sentence ” would be imposed if convicted.
So Thursday faces the Central Local Court.