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New Jersey musician charged in sexual harassment case

He may have been considered a child prodigy when it comes to his musical ability, but one 22-year-old New Jersey musician cannot use his innate abilities to get out of sexual harassment charges. The male music teacher, who has been teaching piano lessons, has been charged with a wide array of crimes against a female 16-year-old student. The alleged sexual harassment crimes occurred primarily at his office in Lincoln Center, although he also used cell phone communications.

Reportedly, the music teacher began molesting his student, and then threatened her when she tried to avoid him. He is facing counts of child endangerment, sexual harassment and abuse, and forcible touching. Among evidence against him are many text messages where he explicitly promises to kill his student if she tells authorities about his actions.

Other text messages he allegedly sent (and which have been given to the press) reveal the music teacher's stated desire to smack, strangle and otherwise hurt his student. Some of the texts lean toward perversity and discuss bondage situations. His attempts at terrorizing his victim via text messaging seems to have been what led her to "out" his inappropriate behavior.

Although the music teacher was once a well-regarded member of his New Jersey community, he will now be forced to defend against the sexual harassment accusations in court. This particular case shows how abusers can use different means (e.g., in person, via cell phone) to attempt to control their victims. It also highlights the need for all victims to take swift action against harassers before the harassers' actions escalate.

Source: New York Post, Celebrated concert pianist allegedly molested teen, Rebecca Rosenberg September, Sept. 9, 2013

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