ST. GEORGE – A former violin teacher who taught at a charter school pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of child sex abuse.
Lynn Richard Lundstrom, 64, pleaded not guilty to four first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child before Judge Eric Ludlow in 5th District Court Wednesday morning.
The defense asked for a possible five-day trial along with a review before hand and set within the next 60 days. Ludlow scheduled the review for Dec. 9.
Lundstrom was arrested in Oct. 2012 following an investigation into claims that he inappropriately touched students during violin classes at the Valley Academy Charter School in Hurricane.
According to court documents, the mother of a 10-year-old girl contacted the Hurricane City Police Department after her daughter told her Lundstrom had allegedly groped her thighs and buttocks during violin practice. The grandmother of another 10-year-old girl also told police a similar story.
The two girls, plus two other children from the violin class, were interviewed by police and they all shared similar experiences.
Police then interviewed Lundstrom who initially denied the allegations, then eventually admitted to them, according to court documents.
Lundstrom allegedly told investigators his “cheerleading had gone too far and admitted it had crossed the line.”
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