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Grand jury re-indicts violin teacher accused of child molestation
Leon Messerlian

A Clermont man was re-indicted by a Hall County grand jury last week in an alleged child molestation case, now including some more serious charges.

Leon Messerlian, 87, of Clermont, is a violin teacher accused of nine counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count each of attempt to commit aggravated sodomy and attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery.

Attorney Clint Teston declined to comment.

Messerlian was a teacher with the Oxford Academy of Classical Studies. Hall County Sheriff’s Office officials said a child had been attending sessions and came forward with allegations in 2015.

According to the indictment, the allegations center around July 2015, and extend backward to January 2011.

In the original May 2016 indictment, Messerlian was charged with seven counts of child molestation and one count of computer pornography.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh could not comment on the changes between the first and second indictment, citing the ongoing prosecution of the case.

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