Monday, August 28, 2017

Long time Joplin piano teacher charged with sexual misconduct involving a child

A long time Joplin piano teacher waived formal arraignment Thursday and pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of sexual misconduct with a child.

Jasper County Circuit Court records indicate Bobby Durham, 54, is free after posting a $10,000 cash bond. Conditions of his bond include no contact his victim or her family and no contact with anyone under the age of 18,

According to the probable cause statement, the alleged sexual misconduct took place between September 2005 and September 2009 while he was giving piano lessons at his Joplin home to a girl who was aged nine to 13 during those years.

Durham allegedly made the girl lie down on the floor and then performed a solo sexual act over her.

Durham's next hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. September 27

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