Piano #teacher charged with #sexual #abuse

BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington piano teacher charged with sexually assaulting a girl was arrested Tuesday, shortly after Bloomington police asked for the public’s help in locating him.

Ten criminal charges, including one count of predatory criminal sexual assault and nine counts of criminal sexual assault of a minor, have been filed against Aaron Michael Parlier, 36. He was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of Warriner Street in Normal.

“Parlier had given piano lessons to children at many places throughout the Bloomington area over the last several years,” the department said in a statement release prior to his arrest.

The agency also said it is asking that anyone who may have been a piano student of Parlier, and/or believes they could have been a victim to contact the department.

Charges allege Parlier sexually assaulted and molested the girl multiple times between July 2010 and July 2013 at a location in Bloomington.

According to Parlier’s lawyer, Brendan Bukalski, Bloomington police first contacted Parlier in December about his alleged conduct with the child. Bukalski said Parlier offered multiple times to voluntarily surrender to police if criminal charges were filed.

Bukalski said he was surprised Tuesday to see the police news release asking for help in locating his client, who has been living in Pekin in Tazewell County.

“Our client is innocent and we look forward to being able to establish that innocence,” Bukalski said. ”We hope the police will do everything they can to restore his character to its level before they besmirched it.”

The defense lawyer said Parlier has been a piano tuner and teacher for more than a dozen years.

Bond has been set at $1 million for Parlier. He is expected in court on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Bloomington police Detective John Heinlen at 309-434-2672 or jheinlen@cityblm.org.

If you want to remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.