Music teacher squirts in flutes, then snaps photos of schoolgirls playing them, prosecutor says – crime online
California prosecutors have accused a music teacher of filming himself ejaculating in flutes and photographing five schoolgirls using the contaminated instruments.
Citing a grand jury transcript, the Orange County Register reported that the alleged obscene acts committed by Flutes around the world founder John Edward Zeretzke, 60, performed in 2017 and involved two girls from Orange County and three girls from Los Angeles County, all under the age of 14. In March, a grand jury indicted Zeretzke, who faces state and federal charges stemming from numerous allegations involving children.
Deputy Attorney General Amanda Casillas told the grand jury that Zeretzke was either at his home or in a hotel room near schools when he filmed himself ejaculating in and on the flutes. He then took pictures of the children using the instrument, she said.
According to the outlet, Casillas alleged that Zeretzke sent photos of the victims using the soiled flutes to someone in online chats, where he also described the sexual gratification he felt upon seeing it perform.
A spokesperson for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District told the Orange County Register he learned of the allegations in October 2017 and contacted police immediately. Authorities reportedly seized and tested the flutes shortly after, but they had no evidence of semen.
Citing an earlier indictment, The Register reported that Zeretzke was accused of forcing a girl to produce child pornography, of attempting to force someone to send her sexual images, of obtaining child pornography via the Internet and traveling to the Philippines to have sex with minors. .
Casillas claimed that Zeretzke was also accused of rubbing a child’s shoulders in class, patting her back and telling her she was pretty.
The former music teacher founded Flutes Across the World, an organization that has allowed thousands of children across the country to decorate flutes. The children in the program keep one of the flutes and the other is sent a child to another country.
Zeretzke has pleaded not guilty to all federal and state charges and remains in jail. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for August 14.
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[Featured image: John Zeretzke/KEYT video screengrab]