Friday, June 07, 2019

Long time area music teacher's trial on statutory rape, sodomy charges moved to McDonald County

The trial of a long-time area music teacher on statutory rape and statutory sodomy charges has been moved to McDonald County Circuit Court on a change of venue from Newton County.

A pre-trial conference for Robert Andrew Pommert, 60, Joplin, is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 23.

Pommer was bound over for trial following a February 25 preliminary hearing.

Pommert 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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not saying this did or did not happen but how can someone be convicted on the testimomy of a three year old? I know that children may repeat what someone tells them to say.
I hope the counselor that spoke to the child is not making stuff up to glamorize their talents.
A mans future is at stake.
However if he truly is guilty justice should be served.