Band Teacher Accused of Fondling Girls Says He's Innocent

There are 14 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Sep 13, 2007, titled Band Teacher Accused of Fondling Girls Says He's Innocent. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Thomas Newton Khoe faces one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and four counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aggravated assault and battery.

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Lonewolf

Leesville, SC

#1 Sep 13, 2007
Who knows for sure?It's his word against theirs.The court will probably believe the girls.Men who work with young people should avoid situations that would put them alone with a young girl,that way,nobody would be able to make false allegations.

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#4 Sep 13, 2007
EJF Member wrote:
"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." - Adolph Hitler (Mein Kampf)
Just like having a 'Zero Tolerance' policy. It is nothing more than dictatoral facist rule at it's finest.'Zero Tolerance' goes against everything this country was founded on.
RHiggins

Columbia, SC

#5 Sep 13, 2007
He is innocent. He is a good guy, and he was falsely accused. There are stories all over about how the girls are mad at him, and are getting revenge.

This whole situation has led me to second guess everything the media says now. In haste to get a sensational story, they don't get all the facts. Now his name is tarnished for something he didn't do.
Harry

Montgomery Village, MD

#6 Sep 13, 2007
Lonewolf wrote:
Who knows for sure?It's his word against theirs.The court will probably believe the girls.Men who work with young people should avoid situations that would put them alone with a young girl,that way,nobody would be able to make false allegations.
You speak the truth my friend. When I supervised females, I never talked to them on a one on one basis. It happened once when I was young in my career. I called a young lady in to counsel her and she said she would do anything not to get written up . Man did I learn my lesson, never happened again.

“Country Girl”

Since: May 07

The real Boonedocks

#7 Sep 13, 2007
I am a female and I wouldn't trust either side . The young females today are being taught to yell if anyone does anything. A simple hug could get a person in trouble . The schools need to have assistants in each classroom . Maybe it could volunteers ( Retired seniors or Stay at home people ) My daughter in law is a teacher ,1st grade and she CAN"T touch a child . If they cry or are upset ,she still can't touch them. I would not be a teacher for any amount of money . The risk are simply too great .
JT-Money

Buford, GA

#8 Sep 13, 2007
Lonewolf wrote:
Who knows for sure?It's his word against theirs.The court will probably believe the girls.Men who work with young people should avoid situations that would put them alone with a young girl,that way,nobody would be able to make false allegations.
nasty perv touching girls old self

“you know you want me ”

Since: Sep 07

Dodge city

#9 Sep 13, 2007
for 5,000 i bet she would have said when and where,something is very wrong with this story and there little azzes gonna get caught, they should lock them up when they do!

“you know you want me ”

Since: Sep 07

Dodge city

#10 Sep 13, 2007
oop's can i buy an i please? lol
Dadofgrad

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 14, 2007
Just because he said something the "alleged" victims didn't like,they get together to ruin a good man's career.Until the truth comes out the media should not automatically paint him as guilty.Innocent until proven guilty applies to the law,and should also apply to the media.Being charged with something doesn't mean you did it,but somehow the news media spins it to try to make you think that way.
COLA Concerned Citizen

United States

#13 Sep 15, 2007
I really think the "girls" should have women as instructors.
RHiggins

Columbia, SC

#14 Sep 16, 2007
I highly doubt he was ever alone with the girls. They were colorguard, and as such, there is a separate colorguard instructor. I've been in his band before, and he ALWAYS has other people around, be it guard and drum staff members, band parents, etc...
Person who cares

United States

#15 Sep 18, 2007
I am a member of a band that Thomas has hepled with for three years in the past. And EVERYONE in that band loved him, while we were in contact with him we never saw any behavior toward any girls in the band that would every be considered wrong. You have to remember these are high school girls, if a girl doesn't like a male teacher now and days all they have to do is make a remark like this one weather it's true or not. And they can have him removed.
in perspective

West Columbia, SC

#16 Sep 18, 2007
I agree with person. reserving judgement in this particular situation, I believe our children are far more wiser, manipulative and capable of concocting stories without understanding the ramifications of their actions. Our teems are living through cable tv, with shows demonstrating pranks on authority figures, and how fun it is to be defiant. We have to take back control of our children's development, and teach them responsibility and respect for authority. With that said, i pray the allegations are false and that this band teacher will be absolved of any wrongdoing so that we can continue to encourage our children to participate in music, dance, athletics and such as apart of their growth and maturity. Let's all continue to pray for justice everywhere.
NAY

Warren, NJ

#17 Sep 3, 2009
RHiggins wrote:
He is innocent. He is a good guy, and he was falsely accused. There are stories all over about how the girls are mad at him, and are getting revenge.
This whole situation has led me to second guess everything the media says now. In haste to get a sensational story, they don't get all the facts. Now his name is tarnished for something he didn't do.
I agree because of the laws that protect children are allowing them to call wolf. I have a situation where a man was accused of fondling a child that came to vistit he and his family (Mr G). She is a family member. He never touched her. There was a house of people that she was with the entire night and he was out with the neighbor. I know I was there. I hung out with her. Why did she do this? It happened after we charged her father with charges of abuse on this man's (one accused) children. After the court slapped her dad with these, here she is stating that he did this to her. Another situation, Mr G's daughter got out of control and because he attempted to get her help, Mr G's daughgter turns around and say that her father fondled her out of anger. Yet she was the one that fought for her dad when he was accused from the previous one. Funny she too was not even around. She said it happened at a place we did live. She said it happened 3 years ago, well she lived with us 2 years ago and it never happened when she lived with us. See how girls can lie. Very revengeful and this is horrible because any kid can lie regardless of their mental state and background and have a man go to jail forever

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