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Band teacher accused of sex offenses for touching student

An assistant teacher at a Missouri school is facing serious allegations after reportedly engaging in inappropriate conduct with an 11-year-old student. The band teacher, 53, is accused of sex offenses including second-degree child molestation and third-degree assault, according to news reports. The man taught at the private St. Thomas More School, a Kansas City institution.

Authorities report that the man supposedly touched the girl by pretending to fall and then grabbing onto her for balance. The victim alleged that the defendant committed the sex crimes throughout the school year, perhaps as often as once a week. Official reports show that the victim confronted the man about the fact that he had not really fallen down, and she told the teacher that his actions made her uncomfortable.

The man is accused of pretending to fall while setting up band instruments at the school. Further, the victim said he touched her in the hallway during class. The sex crimes defendant denies that he ever intentionally fell or touched the girl, though he said he did remember stumbling onto her on one occasion.

The defendant is being held on a $10,000 bail at this time. If he is released on bail, he will be prohibited from contacting the alleged victim or any other child under the age of 18. Special court authorization may be obtained in specific cases, however.

Criminal defendants who are facing sex crimes allegations for child sexual abuse should not be considered guilty simply because they are charged. These defendants have a variety of legal rights and options in Missouri. A criminal defense attorney may be able to protect these rights, providing assistance from arraignment through sentencing and beyond.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Assistant band teacher is charged with school molestation at St. Thomas More School" Tony Rizzo, Mar. 14, 2014

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