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50 child porn charges added for violin teacher
Clermont man accused of molesting student for years
Leon Messerlian
Leon Messerlian

An 85-year-old violin teacher under investigation for child molestation now faces an additional 50 charges of possession of child pornography.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigators reported they found child pornography on Leon Messerlian’s computer.

Messerlian, of Clermont, already faced charges of child molestation, sexual battery and enticing a child for indecent purposes after a student at Oxford Academy of Classical Studies came forward with the allegations.

“The child has been attending sessions with Messerlian since (the child) was 7 years old,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes wrote in an email.

According to the warrants, Messerlian is accused of enticing a child “to a bathroom within his music studio for the purpose of child molestation and indecent acts…” The dates listed on the warrant span from Feb. 1, 2010, to July 17 of this year.

Messerlian is expected to appear before a magistrate judge on Friday for a committal hearing.

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