THE WOODLANDS, Texas (FOX 26) - A music instructor at School of Rock The Woodlands has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable's Office detectives believe that Bernardo Placencia has had contact with multiple children through private music lessons and his job at School of Rock The Woodlands.
Detectives found "sufficient probable cause" that Placencia assaulted a child younger than 14 years of age on Nov. 3, 2016, according to a statement released by Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable's Office on Friday.
Pct. 3 detectives are seeking help from the public to identify other children who may have been harmed.
Placencia has worked at School of Rock The Woodlands for approximately two years.
Anyone with additional information related to Placencia is encouraged to contact Detective Adam Acosta by phone at 936-538-3414.
The School of Rock released the following statement on Friday:
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.