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Piano teacher may have molested dozens of kids over 3 decades, police say

Police believe a Roswell, Georgia, piano teacher may have sexually abused dozens of his students over three decades of teaching. 

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WSB-TV first reported on Troy Palmer's arrest earlier this month at his home in north Fulton County.

Two victims came forward over the summer with stories about the abuse they suffered during Palmer's lessons. Since his arrest, police tell WSB-TV's Mike Petchenik that at least three more victims have contacted them.

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“We really suspect that there’s (dozens) of people that could be victims. He’s actually targeting boys," Officer Lisa Holland told Petchenik.

Investigators said Palmer abused some of those students while parents were just feet away.

According to arrest warrants, Palmer told parents to stay outside of his home so that he could have the kids inside. The warrant said he taught the children in a “sound proofed” and locked room. 

"It's kind of a classic 'grooming case' where he is a friend with the parents, tries to be friends with the kids and this goes on for years," Holland said.

Petchenik also spoke with a woman who lived up the street from Palmer and asked WSB-TV to conceal her identity. 

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She recalled a specific comment that Palmer made to her that in hindsight was concerning.

"“He said something about loving children so much, how he loved the big, fat ones. ‘You just want to squeeze them,’” she told Petchenik.

Palmer was indicted on child molestation charges by a grand jury Tuesday and remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond.

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Florida inmate walks away from work crew, buys sweet tea, officials say

A Florida Department of Corrections inmate walked away from a work crew Monday morning to get some sweet tea, officials say.

Deputies said Taylor Fender, 23, of Okaloosa County, was serving a five-year prison sentence at the Putnam Corrections Institute before this incident.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, the crew was working at State Road 20 and County Road 315 when Fender strolled away and into a nearby Family Dollar, where he bought some clothes.

According to officials, an "observant resident" saw Fender walk into the store and dialed 911.

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Fender allegedly then walked down the road and into Poppi's Restaurant. At the same time, officials said a deputy just so happened to be pulling into the restaurant's parking lot for lunch.

As the deputy entered the restaurant, a warning to be on the lookout for a suspect with Fender's description was released by dispatchers, deputies said.

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The Sheriff's Office tweeted that, after ordering and paying for a cup of sweet tea, Fender was arrested and taken into custody.

The sweet tea was reportedly left on the counter of the restaurant.

 
 

 

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