A former Wyandotte band teacher pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of child sexual abuse last week in Ottawa County District Court.
Brian Rash, 38, of Joplin, Mo., is scheduled to appear in court on April 5 for a disposition docket hearing.
Rash faces eight felony child sexual abuse counts, including one charge of first-degree rape, one charge of first-degree attempted rape, four counts of rape by instrumentation, and two counts of making a lewd and indecent proposal to a child. He is accused of molesting at least two former band students at Wyandotte.
On June 24, deputies with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vandalism complaint at Rash’s home. Upon his arrival, Deputy Aaron Bachman said he found the doors to Rash’s three vehicles open and writing on the side of Rash’s truck which said "You are a child molester."
A 22-year-old former student has admitted to vandalizing Rash’s home and alleged Rash had molested him when he was a child.
During the investigation, at least one more former male student has come forward to accuse Rash of molesting him as a child.