MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas - A 22 year-old Tomball man is in jail and off the job as a music instructor.
The former Woodlands School of Rock employee is accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old student.
“During a private lesson on property of the school is where this offense occurred,” said Chief Matt Rodrigue with the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office.
KHOU 11 News learned the complaint originated at the school in early November after the alleged victim’s parents reported inappropriate touching to employees. The Constable’s office then got involved.
“And after about a month and a half long investigation, we determined we did have substantial evidence to charge the defendant,” said Rodrigue.
The School of Rock corporate office sent a statement which outlines what every prospective employee goes through.
Pre-employment conditions include a mandatory background check, code of conduct pledge, and safety training. The Woodlands School of Rock location has glowing reviews online.
“The teachers are amazing at motivating the kids!” said one reviewer.
Placencia’s alleged actions are still under investigation while he remains held on a $100,000 bond. Detectives encourage any other parents of possible victims to come forward.
“We just want to make sure if they are out there, we can get them help and justice,” said Rodrigue.
Here is the School of Rock’s full statement:
School of Rock has a zero tolerance policy. The safety and security of our students is our principal and continuous concern. In this spirit, we actively encourage our parents and students to report any concern regarding their safety while in our school community.
As a condition of employment, our instructors must:
- Undergo a mandatory criminal background check via government reporting agencies
- Pledge in writing to abide by our code of conduct that prevents any inappropriate communication and interaction between teachers and the students
- Complete a safety training
Our facilities are designed to facilitate visibility into lesson rooms and we proactively implement other safety processes intended to protect our students.
On Thursday, November 3, a parent of one of our students reported to us that her child told her about having been inappropriately touched by a now former instructor. We immediately reported the allegations to the law enforcement authorities.
Because of our zero tolerance policy, we took immediate action in this matter and the instructor is no longer with the School of Rock as of November 3, 2016. This matter has been under investigation by the law enforcement authorities and we have fully supported their investigation, keeping the best interests of the child in mind. While the news media is reporting that an arrest has been made, neither the school nor our corporate team have been contacted by the authorities.
In this case and as part of our protocol, The School of Rock team will continue to monitor this situation closely and cooperate with the authorities. As this is an active Police investigation, this is all of the information we are able to provide to you.
Again, the safety of our students, staff and School of Rock community is our top priority, and we will continue to be vigilant in this mission.