Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Teacher, One-Time Harper Bandmate Sentenced on Sex Charges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Teacher, One-Time Harper Bandmate Sentenced on Sex Charges

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Former Harper drummer sentenced on sex charges

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OTTAWA - A former school teacher who once played drums in Stephen Harper's occasional rock band has been sentenced to two years in jail on sexual exploitation charges.

Phillip Nolan pleaded guilty in October to two counts of sexual interference involving a 13-year-old girl.

Police said the incidents dated back to 1990 and 2000.

In February 2014, Nolan was charged with five counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Nolan was a music teacher who taught Grade 7 and Grade 8 students.

He was also one of three regular members of Herringbone, a Celtic folk band that backed up then-prime minister Harper, who played keyboard and sang in live performances in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. …

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