Thursday, May 25, 2006

Pedophile?

So no running stuff today. My daughter, 11, has a music teacher who has always seemed vaguely creepy, forget the details, but just slightly off and inappropriate at times, this, according to many of his students, but let's stick to the facts.

Today we now learn that last year, complaints about him led to an investigation which ended up finding that his personal computer contained over 600 photos of elementary school age children, not porn, just photos, mostly of students in the school, mostly taken (presumably) by him. We also learned that the town school superintendent warned him to not take anymore pictures of children.

But, he has been taking photos of children in his class, my daughter's class, playing musical instruments, flutes, clarinets, etc. He tells them that he can help them improve by observing their facial form while playing, and the he may want to videotape them as well.

There was also a recent incident where my daughter's Girl Scout troop was having a meeting at the school after school, and some of the girls dispersed/disappeared and were found in the music teacher's classroom down the hall, goofing around with each other. The girls said the music teacher told them that could come into his classroom and play freeze tag or whatever it was they were doing in the hall, and that he offered them candy as well. When queried by a Girl Scout mother, the music teacher said he let the girls in because they said they didn't have to be anywhere else (??).

And, a recent town police log shows a car and person fitting the description of the music teacher and his car was seen at a playground, taking photos - no license plate info. So, whatdoyathink? Is this totally freaking suspect or what? Parents are trying to get the police involved, angry that the superintendent hadn't notified police earlier. One of the mothers driving this was herself molested as a child, so we need to keep that in mind, grain of salt, but it looks pretty incriminating to me. We've talked with out daughter about it, a little weirded out, but she's okay.

We're keeping a close eye on things, just curious what others might think of the basic facts/situation. Weigh in if so inclined. Thanks.

5 Comments:

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Chad Austin said...

Yeah, it's very weird but seems more and more common. Just listening to the radio on the drive in and they had 2 stories of teachers being "involved" with their students.

Taking pictures is fairly harmless, but it's also probably a first step towards something worse.

If he says he can help teach them by looking at photos of their faces - make him prove it.

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I, as a parent of a 7-yr old, would be very suspect of such activities. The pictures may seem harmless, but if there is more to be found, it could just be the beginning.

It sure sounds fishy to me.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Susan said...

As a mother, I would be totally freaking out about the situation. Definatley keep your eye on things.

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Johnny Cuban said...

If the guy has not molested any kids, and he is just taking photos of kids with their clothes on, he may be strange, but is he a criminal? Has anyone asked him why he likes children so much? Is he an older guy or younger? Does he have any legitimate reasons? Maybe he has a good reason that is not perverted?

I would think that if he had any sense he would move to a town where the people were not so uptight and suspicious. Any town where people call the police when anyone they don't like visits a public park is kind of creepy. I am thinking inbred hillbillies or rich yuppies.

Has the time come when all people must avoid each other or else they will be accused of being perverts?

 
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