A music teacher at Avonworth Elementary School was arrested on Friday after being charged with sexual assault on one of his relatives beginning in 2002 when she was 10 years old. The teacher was placed on administrative leave by school officials. The Ben Avon resident is a former high school and middle school band teacher, and has been banned from school property. He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $200,000 bond. The sexual assault was first brought to light in 2009 when the accuser was 17 years old. She confided in officials at a local faith-based organization when she became concerned that her attacker may have gotten her pregnant.
An investigation was launched by police when the organization’s officials reported the abuse, but the girl recanted her statement regarding the attacks – and as a result there were no charges filed. She said that the abuse took place “on and off” for a number of years starting when she was 10 but police were not able to find any evidence to back up her story or the details thereof.
Despite her recantation, the girl insisted in a more recent interview with police that her initial statement was a truthful one and that her attacker had written her a letter expressing romantic feelings for her which she says he personally delivered to her during the fall of 2013. The accused has been charged with rape, sexual assault, and other crimes related crimes, and will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on February 13th of this year. The school superintendent stated in a letter addressed to parents of children within the school district that the district is cooperating with police and the district attorney’s office, but that no further comment could be made for the sake of the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
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