EUCLID, Ohio –
Cuyahoga County prosecutors say for 13 years, a former student of piano instructor Bruce Locke kept a secret: that Locke had allegedly molested her at his home in Euclid in 1999, when she was just nine years old.
But investigators say the woman, now 22 years old, decided to come forward after she saw media coverage of the Penn State molestation scandal, and feared that other piano students may have been molested by Bruce Locke, now 61 years old.
On Friday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Locke that includes charges of importuning for allegedly soliciting sex from the victim, kidnapping, and gross sexual imposition.
Locke is also facing child pornography charges, after Euclid police searched his home and found a computer with illegal images of minors stored on it.
He is also facing allegations that he attempted to intimidate the victim by contacting her on Facebook, and then asked her to withdraw her complaint.
One of Locke’s neighbors, who did not want to go on camera, says she was stunned by the allegations, and that she knew Locke only as a friendly neighbor and piano instructor.
Fox 8 attempted to get Bruce Locke’s reaction to the indictment, but there was no answer at his door, and we were unable to reach him by phone.
If convicted of all charges, he could get up to 34 years in prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned on February 17.