Former Tallahassee piano teacher arrested on child sex abuse charges

Former Tallahassee piano teacher arrested on sexual abuse charges
Former Tallahassee piano teacher arrested on sexual abuse charges
Posted at 12:20 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 02:33:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A former Tallahassee piano teacher accused of sexually abusing a child in an after-school program has been arrested. 

Jeffrey William Henry, 52, is accused of committing sexual battery upon a child from the years 2007 - 2011 when the child was between the ages of 5 - 9 years old.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place while the student was receiving piano lessons at the School of Arts and Sciences at 3208 Thomasville Road in Tallahassee. 

The Tallahassee Police Department said the agency is working closely with the School of Arts and Sciences and Stubb’s Music Center to review records and collect evidence.

The probable cause affidavit says Henry performed sexual acts in front of the child, touched her inappropriately and showed her pornographic images. 

Such incidents may number more than 100, according to documents. 

The victim only described the abuse to her mother in July of 2016 when her mom was trying to talk to her about bad people that may try to hurt her, the affidavit said. 

The mother then sent an anonymous letter to the School of Arts and Sciences that said Henry had molested her child and urged the school to fire him. After receiving the letter, the after-school program director told investigators, the school stopped allowing Henry to provide lessons. 

In an interview with investigators, Henry, arrested Wednesday, was asked what should happen to someone convicted of molesting a child.

Initially, Henry said he had no opinion. But when pressed, according to the probable cause affidavit, he said that "the person should 'probably go to jail. Then they should get some counseling.'"

He is charged with sexual asault of a victim under age 12 and with lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim less than age 16.

TPD investigators are asking people who believe they were victims of Henry to call them at (850) 891-4200. 

If someone has information about the crime they may also call Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. 

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