Two more youngsters allege sexual abuse by local piano teacher

Aaron Parlier
Local piano teacher Aaron Parlier now faces charges for allegedly sexually abusing three of his students. (Photos courtesy Bloomington Police Department)

By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – A local piano teacher accused of child molestation faces additional charges involving two more alleged victims.

A McLean County Grand Jury has indicted Aaron Parlier, 36, for sexual abuse from mid-2005 to early 2015.

Police arrested Parlier in late January alleging he molested a teenage girl over a four year period ending in 2013.

Police say Parlier had been giving piano lessons for many years to children in Bloomington-Normal.

Prosecutors say the victims were Parlier’s students or former students at the time of the alleged sex crimes.

One of the alleged victims in the latest charges came forward after police issued a news release about Parlier’s arrest.

McLean County Judge Robert Freitag denied a defense motion to reduce Parlier’s bond, which remains at $1 million.

Parlier’s next court appearance is set for April 24.

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