ROSWELL, Ga. - A Fulton County grand jury has indicted a Roswell piano teacher on charges he molested three of his students.
Troy Lawrence Palmer, 55, was charged with eight counts including molestation.
Investigators said Palmer offered lessons from his home for the past 13 years and has taught at various music academies including at Georgia State University, for more than three decades.
Police spokeswomen Lisa Holland said investigators learned of the allegations against Palmer in August. That is when police said two of his former students, now adults, came forward stating they were taken to a private area in Palmer’s home when they were boys and were molested. The incidents happened between 2008 and 2012 at Palmer’s home on Stayman Drive, according to investigators.
The Roswell Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Palmer’s home last week. Since then, three additional students have come forward. All of their parents had not a clue that this had happened until they revealed it as an adult
According to the arrest warrant, Palmer molested two boys, a pair of brothers, from August 2008 through December 2012. Police said the boys were just 10 and 14 years old when the sexual molestation began. The document states it took place in a soundproof room. According to the victims, the door was closed and locked during lessons since Palmer allegedly insisted on uninterrupted privacy with the students.
Holland said all the victims tell a similar story, but police and prosecutors said they need to hear from any other former students, particularly boys.
Investigators are urging any other victims to contact the Roswell Police Department.