Music teacher who gave flutes contaminated with his semen to elementary school girls is sentenced to 18 years – The Sun
A MUSIC teacher who gave flutes contaminated with his semen to elementary school girls has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
John Zeretzke was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two decades in prison after pleading guilty to six counts of lewd acts against five minors under the age of 14, the California attorney general announced.
“There is no place in our society for crimes against children,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behavior in our schools or anywhere in our state.
“Our students deserve to be able to learn in a safe environment and we will continue to use the full authority of the law to prosecute anyone who exploits children.”
Authorities charged Zeretzke in April last year, following reports of the allegations that took place between January 1 and April 30, 2017.
Assistant Attorney General Amanda Casillas said in an opening statement that Zeretzke took photos and videos of himself ejaculating into flutes, which children were later photographed with, The Orange County reported. Register.
Casillas said he was also accused of rubbing a victim’s shoulders, massaging her back and whispering that she was pretty in her ear.
Evidence also showed that Zeretzke shared photos of the victims using the flutes in an online chat room, describing how his sexual fantasies were fulfilled by the girls who used them, The Orange County Register reported.
Zeretzke pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison.
The music teacher faces a separate indictment for other allegations, including that he coerced a minor into producing child pornography, according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office.
He is also accused of attempting to induce another victim to send sexual photos, of having traveled to the Philippines with the intention of engaging in other sexual behavior with minors and of receiving child pornography on the Internet twice, according to the release.
If convicted of those charges, Zeretzke faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, the attorney general said.