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Hurricane music teacher charged in child sex abuse

Published October 30, 2012 9:53 pm

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A Hurricane music teacher is accused of groping 10-year-old students in his violin class.

In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that four children told authorities their violin teacher, Lynn Richard Lundstrom, 62, was touching them inappropriately, sometimes in front of other students.

One child, 10, said Lundstrom stood behind her and touched her buttocks and thighs on a daily basis when she would play solo parts in Lundstrom's violin class. The girl "stated that she would try to sit down to get away, but he would tell her she has to play while standing," police wrote.

Another girl, also 10, said that when she tried to move away from Lundstrom's grasp, he "grabbed her harder and would not let her out of his reach." In one instance, he allegedly put his hands on her hips and pulled her close enough to feel his penis through clothing. The girl's grandmother told police the girl does not want to play violin anymore because of the touching.

The girl also told investigators she saw Lundstrom grope a boy during class. The boy said Lundstrom grabbed his buttocks and thighs "like how you would grab a football."

Yet another girl reported she was similarly groped.

Lundstrom confessed to "some inappropriate touching," police wrote.

"He said his cheerleading had gone too far and admitted it had crossed the line and said he was 'guilty as charged,'" police wrote.

Lundstrom was charged with four first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Charges do not indicate where Lundstrom taught.