Violin teacher sexually assaulted student during class, police say

A violin teacher was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a minor he was teaching, authorities said.

Dezheng Ping, 57, of Lawrence, was arrested and charged with second degree sexual assault, third degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth degree criminal sexual interference, according to a joint statement from the Plainsboro and Middlesex County Police Department. The prosecutor’s office.

An investigation by the agencies alleged that Ping inappropriately touched a 12-year-old child during violin lessons held in 2016 at what was then Ping’s home in Plainsboro, the office said.

Ping is employed by Rider University at Westminster Choir College and provides private violin lessons in West Windsor and Plainsboro, police said.

A university spokesperson could not be immediately reached Friday evening for comment.

The incident remained under investigation and anyone with information was asked to call Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 799-2333 or Detective Linda Infusino of the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office at (732) 745-4340.

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Chris Sheldon can be reached at [email protected].