Piano teacher charged with molesting students is found dead in jail cell

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Troy Lawrence Palmer

(NEW YORK POST) – A piano teacher in Georgia who was arrested last month on child molestation charges was found dead in a jail cell over the weekend, authorities said.

Troy Lawrence Palmer, 55, was found hanging in his cell at the Fulton County Jail early Saturday. Palmer’s death is being investigated, but initial indications suggest his cause of death was suicide, police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Palmer was arrested in September on two counts of aggravated child molestation. Investigators said two of his former students told police that they were taken to a private area in Palmer’s home in Roswell and molested sometime between 2008 and 2012, police in Roswell announced last month.

Three additional victims came forward after a search warrant was executed by Roswell police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at Palmer’s home. The parents of the additional victims had no knowledge of the alleged incidents, WAGA reports.

Palmer, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the station, molested a pair of brothers in a soundproof room when they were 10 and 14 years old, respectively. The victims told police a door to the room was locked during lessons and that Palmer insisted on privacy at all times.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Holland told the station that all of Palmer’s purported victims relayed a similar story to investigators and urged Palmer’s former students, particularly male students, to contact authorities.

Palmer, who had taught piano for about 35 years, taught students out of his home for roughly the past 13 years, police said. He also taught at several music academies, as well as at Georgia State University from 1995 to 2000. In all, Palmer had instructed hundreds of students and investigators believed that there could be additional victims.

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