Sunday, February 17, 2019

Preliminary hearing set for long time area music teacher on statutory rape, statutory sodomy charges

The preliminary hearing for long time area music teacher Robert Andrew Pommert, who faces felony charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 25, before Judge Anna Rhoades in Newton County Circuit Court.

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 Office August 23 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 the child had been "exposed to inappropriate sexual behavior," according to the probable cause statement.

Pommert is free after posting $100,000 bond.

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