Three men allege they were abused by controversial performing arts teacher Scott Rogers

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Three men have contacted Suffolk Police alleging they were abused by controversial former Bury St Edmunds performing arts teacher Scott Rogers.

In the wake of his death, the men said they were abused by Rogers in the 1980s and 1990s when he was working at the former Academy of Dancing and Performing Arts, in Fornham Road.

A police spokesman said: “The force has recorded these crimes and, following liaison with the Metrpolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree investigation team, provided support to these victims of child abuse, directing them to specialist agencies supporting survivors of sexual and physical abuse.”

Rogers, formerly known as Richard Scott-Rogers when he founded and was principal at the academy in Bury, was shot and killed by his son-in-law and former student Mathew Hodgkinson at the home they shared in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr Hodgkinson survived and was rushed to hospital but died when he was taken off life support at the request of his wife Kimmie.

In 1995, the academy was likened to a ‘religious cult’ by Suffolk County Council bosses and parents later accused Rogers of attempting to brainwash pupils and turn them against their families. He took one pupil – later revealed as Mathew Hodgkinson – away from his parents by constant pressure.