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Laraleigh Allen was just 14 years old when her music teacher molested her.
“He knew I trusted him . . . so I think that’s why he chose me,” she said.
During the summer before her freshman year at Riverside High School in DeGraff, Ohio, Allen decided she wanted to join the school’s marching band.
“I wanted to spend more time with my best friend. She played clarinet in the marching band. So I decided I was going to learn,” she said.
John Timothy Shook offered to help. He had been hired to run Riverside’s music program in 2010.
“So I would go take private lessons at the school...and he would teach me how to play the clarinet,” she said.
“And that's when everything went bad,” she said.
At the end of one of her lessons, Shook called her over to his desk.
"He had touched me and made me feel very uncomfortable,” she said.
She continued to attend her lessons. She thought it wouldn’t happen again.
Instead, it got worse.