E. Bay Music Teacher Accused Of Moles...

E. Bay Music Teacher Accused Of Molesting Students

There are 3 comments on the CBS 5 story from Mar 4, 2008, titled E. Bay Music Teacher Accused Of Molesting Students. In it, CBS 5 reports that:

A 63-year-old music teacher who worked at high schools in Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette has been accused of molesting three male students and investigators believe more victims could come forward, Contra Costa ...

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Michael R Brown

Sacramento, CA

#1 Mar 25, 2008
On 3/24/08, all charges against James Toland were dropped in court by the prosecution after the judge found that the investigating police officer - who had signed the original affidavit, which led to the search warrant - had acted with "reckless disregard for the truth." The investigator was found to have falsely reported a minor's testimony of a normal posture-adjustment in the course of a singing lesson as testimony of Toland's touching of genital areas and buttocks. Toland, an honorably-discharged veteran who served as an army medic in Vietnam and is disabled with spinal arthritis, had many supporters in the community including many parents of his minor students - about 50 supporters were present in court - and he is now free. He faces an uncertain future, however, as he taught for years at a number of public schools - without complaint - and now administrations may be wary of employing him regardless of his strong community support. Despite the judge's powerfully-worded ruling, the prosecution has characterized the investgation and prosecution as "ongoing."
Michael R Brown

Sacramento, CA

#2 Apr 1, 2008
All charges against James Toland were dropped in court by the prosecution after the judge found that the investigating police officer - who had signed the original affidavit, which led to the search warrant - had acted with "reckless disregard for the truth." The investigator was found to have falsely reported a minor's testimony of a normal posture-adjustment in the course of a singing lesson as testimony of Toland's touching of genital areas and buttocks. Toland, an honorably-discharged veteran who served as an army medic in Vietnam and is disabled with spinal arthritis, had many supporters in the community including many parents of his minor students - about 50 supporters were present in court - and he is now free. He faces an uncertain future, however, as he taught for years at a number of public schools - without complaint - and now administrations may be wary of employing him regardless of his strong community support. Despite the judge's powerfully-worded ruling, the prosecution has characterized the investgation and prosecution as "ongoing."
Michael R Brown

Sacramento, CA

#3 Apr 1, 2008
Oops - my previous posting didn't show. My mistake entirely.

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