Monday, September 24, 2018

Area music teacher facing felony statutory rape, sodomy charges free on $100,000 bond

An area music teacher facing felony charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy is free after posting $100,000 bond, according to Newton County Circuit Court records.

Robert Andrew Pommert, 60, who has worked as an instructor at Ozark Christian College and Crowder College, and who taught guitar at Palen Music in Joplin for more than 20 years, was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Department on the basis of information provided to investigators by the clinical child therapist at the Children's Center in Joplin, who reported receiving disturbing information from a three-year-old girl that indicated to her that the child had been "exposed to inappropriate sexual behavior."

According to the probable cause statement, when a deputy asked Pommert about the allegation, "stated that he wanted his attorney."

A bond appearance hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. October 2, with Judge Gregory Stremel presiding.

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