And I guess it's pretty conclusive... although I wasn't given the source of this info.
LONDON - The former drummer for heavy metal band Judas Priest was convicted
Friday of attempting to rape a teenager whom he was giving drum lessons.
David Holland had denied assaulting the 17-year-old, who has learning
difficulties, at the drummer's rural English home in 2002. The youth cannot
be named for legal reasons.
A jury at Northampton Crown Court found Holland guilty of one charge of
attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault. A co-accused,
22-year-old Spiros Laouitaris, was cleared of four counts of indecent
Holland, 55, wept in the dock as the verdicts were read out.
Judge Charles Wide asked for a pre-sentence report on the risk the former
rocker posed to adolescent boys.
Prosecutors said the teenager, who had sometimes stayed overnight at
Holland's house while taking lessons, wrote a letter to his parents in
December 2002 describing the abuse.
"It revealed that things were happening at his drum teacher's house that
shouldn't have been happening," said prosecution lawyer Maria Savvides.
Holland joined the hard-rocking British band in 1979 and stayed for a
decade, through its most successful period. Judas Priest churned out a
string of heavy-metal classics, including "You've Got Another Thing Coming,"
"Living After Midnight" and "Hell Bent for Leather."
Holland left the group in 1989. Leather-clad singer Rob Halford departed for
a solo career in 1993 but announced last July that he was returning for a
world tour and a new album.
Very, very sad indeed. Maybe it's all a bad dream??? Wishful thinking?.......
JUDAS PRIEST DRUMMER JAILED FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE:
February 13, 2004
LONDON (Reuters) - A former drummer with British heavy metal band Judas Priest was jailed for eight years on Friday for trying to rape a teenage boy he had been giving drum lessons.
David Holland, 55, was convicted last month of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the 17-year-old at Holland's Northamptonshire home in the English midlands where he had been teaching the boy.
Holland played with Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989, recording heavy metal anthems such as "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law."
Courtesy of Reuters