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Violin teacher accused of sex crimes against students

When an individual takes advantage of a child for the purpose of sexual gratification, the matter is taken very seriously by both law enforcement and the courts in New Jersey. The protection of children is a serious responsibility, and there are few things that are more harshly condemned than sex crimes against a child. That said, it is important to note that not everyone accused of such heinous crimes is in fact guilty, and none of us should ever rush to judgment when criminal charges are first announced.

An example is found in the case of a Jersey City music teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for whom he was hired to provide violin lessons. The accusations include multiple sex charges as well as a charge of making terroristic threats. The period of abuse is said to have ranged from when the girl was 6 years of age until she was 8 years old.

During the first day of trial, the teacher's defense attorney pointed out that while DNA evidence was found on the girl's underwear, the DNA testing that followed did not conclusively link the violin teacher to the crime. In addition, she went on to point out that if the man did in fact sexually abuse the girl as claimed, there would have been a great deal of physical evidence, as well as evidence of pain or trauma that the child had suffered. She also questioned why a small child would voluntarily return to weekly lessons with a man who was causing her physical pain and not make an effort to stop the lessons.

As the case moves on, the jury will review all of the evidence and hear testimony on the matter before making a determination. While the outcome of the case is not yet known, a great deal of damage has been done to the man's reputation within his New Jersey community. Even if he is ultimately found not guilty of these serious sex crimes, his ability to earn a living as a music teacher to young children has surely been damaged, perhaps beyond repair.

Source:, "Jersey City music teacher rewarded girl with dollar bills after sex act, prosecutor says", Michaelangelo Conte, Sept. 16, 2015