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Music teacher sentenced to 50 years in prison following multiple sexual abuse and child pornography charges

The former music teacher who operated Close School of Music from 2016-2019 has been sentenced to 50 years for sexually abusing his students and recording others.

For the three years the school was in operation, Close, 43, of Rochester, secretly recorded students, parents, and teachers. Some recordings included them in the bathroom, and recordings of himself inappropriately touching students during lessons were also found.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

From 2012-2016 Close worked at a different music school where he secretly recorded young girls using the bathroom.

There are 61 known victims of the hundred of child pornography videos he produced with the youngest victim being age 4.

Search warrants at the school turned up 13 more devices with child pornography.

Close pleaded guilty to the multiple child pornography charges.



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