Local music teacher accused of giving flutes filled with sperm to children in OC schools – OC Weekly
Last Friday, federal and state agencies began investigating an incident directly related to the Sicko case involving a teacher who may have distributed hand flutes contaminated with human body fluids (described as “semen”) to districts Orange County schools.
California Department of Justice and United States Postal Service are investigating as yet unknown music teacher for giving flutes to children in several Southern California school districts including Fountain Valley, Capistrano, Fullerton agencies and Newport Mesa, the Orange County Register reported on Friday. An official at the Saugus Union School District in Santa Clarita, who was also affected, said he was told the fluid was semen.
The Register now reports that emails were sent to parents of students on Friday afternoon, September 29, informing them of an investigation into flutes given to students – as early as elementary school age.
Newport Mesa officials said the flutes may have been given to some students at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa. According to other reports, it appears that four classrooms at Sonora Primary School in Costa Mesa have been affected.
“The artist hands out a flute-like musical instrument made of PVC pipe or bamboo to students during a music class, and the allegation is that he contaminated some of these instruments with semen,” said Joan Lucid, Saugus District Superintendent, in the email to parents on Saturday, according to the Register.
The flutes were made using PVC plastic pipe and a single cork stopper and had an exterior that could be decorated, district officials said. Pervert Pied Piper is an independent entrepreneur and represents this Flutes Across the World organization (their website was shut down following news of the investigation). According to Los Angeles Times, an archived version of the group’s website describes it as a tax-exempt organization based in Ojai, California. It shows photos of children holding brightly colored flutes and describes the group’s activities such as educational and school programs, national and international music missions, community and family nights, and summer camps and festivals. The instructor has worked in several school districts in Southern California.
Officials in the Fullerton District told the Register now that the music program in its schools was sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and involved grades 4-6 students from Golden Hill and Rolling Hills Elementary Schools during the 2016-17 school year.
“Although presenters in our schools are never alone with the children and are always supervised by a teacher or school staff, out of caution this presenter will not be returning to the Fullerton School District,” the site said. District web. “We have been advised that this person has worked in a number of school districts across California and we have no evidence to suggest that any of our students are connected with the investigation.”
The Phil Harmonic Society has denounced the actions of the instructor and said they have no plans to continue working with the program in the future.
Parents of children who have received flutes under the program are urged by authorities to place them in paper bags (plastic bags could damage any forensic evidence). The district is awaiting news from the police on how the instruments will be collected.