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Violin teacher indicted in child molestation case

GAINESVILLE — A violin teacher in northern Hall County was indicted this week and charged with molesting three different children.

Leon Messerlian, 85, of Clermont faces seven counts of child molestation and one count of computer pornography involving children after a grand jury indictment.

Messerlian was a teacher with the Oxford Academy of Classical Studies. The investigation began after a student came forward with allegations.

Defense attorney Clinton Teston declined to comment to The Times of Gainesville.

“The child has been attending sessions with Messerlian since [the child] was 7 years old,” Hall County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Bailes wrote in an email at the onset of the investigation.

The sheriff’s office obtained warrants July 29, which listed the time span of the alleged molestation between Feb. 1, 2010, and July 17.

In the indictment, Messerlian is accused of molesting two other children between Jan. 1, 2001, and March 31, 2002.

In August, he was charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography after a search of his computer hard drives, Bailes said. Only one count is present in Monday’s indictment.

Messerlian has been released from the Hall County Jail.