Assistant band teacher at KC school charged with child molestation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An assistant band teacher is accused of offensive conduct with an 11-year-old girl at a Kansas City school where he worked.

Tod A. Barnard, 53, of Independence, faces four misdemeanor charges for inappropriate touching, according to court documents released Friday.

Barnard worked as a percussion teacher at the St. Thomas More School.

Court documents state the victim revealed in a forensic interview Barnard would be preparing the instruments and pretend to fall.

He would touch the child and it made her uncomfortable, court documents state.

The first incident occurred just before Christmas break in December 2013.

He touched her through her shirt, said he was sorry and smiled.

The incidents continued and Barnard also touched the girl while she was in a hallway at the school, court documents said.

Police questioned Barnard Thursday and he denied intentionally tripping and also denied touching her intentionally or accidentally.

The school reported the incidents to the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division.

School officials placed Barnard on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The school sent a letter home to parents on Thursday to inform them of the incident and another one involving Barnard’s supervisor.

The school’s band teacher, Gregg Briggs, is also on leave from the school following an allegation of suspicious conduct at or near an Independence School on March 3. 

Independence Police have concluded their investigation with no charges filed, but the school is still conducting its own internal investigation, and Briggs remains on leave from the school.

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