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Malvern Music School Teacher Charged With Child Sex Abuse

The Chester County District Attorney's Office said three 6-year-old victims, two girls and a boy, have come forward.

Anton Fomin (Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney's Office)
Anton Fomin (Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney's Office)
A teacher at the Malvern School of Music has been arrested and charged with child sexual abuse, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan announced Thursday.

Anton Fromin, 44, of the 2000 block of Kimberton Road in East Pikeland Township, has worked at the music school for four years, authorities said. He originally is from Russia.

“Sexual predators try to put themselves into a position where they have access to children," Hogan said. "This defendant was a music teacher, trusted by parents, with unfettered access to vulnerable children. The defendant abused this position of trust to exploit innocent children.” 

Malvern Borough Police were contacted on June 4 by the parents of a 6-year-old girl who was a student of Fomin's at the music school. The girl told police that Fomin put his hand inside her underwear and touched her during one-on-one piano lessons, the District Attorney's Office said.

Two other 6-year-old children, a boy and a girl, subsequently came forward and said that Fomin had engaged in criminal conduct during their private lessons. The boy said Fomin had touched his genitals, and both said that Fomin exposed himself to them.

Fomin also showed the children explicit images of nude children and adults, the District Attorney's Office said.

A search warrant executed at Fomin's East Pikeland Township home yielded a computer with nude photos of children and adults, including the defendant, police said. 

“The actions of this defendant are reprehensible. I am proud that the Malvern Police Department and the County Detectives were able to work together to stop him," Malvern Police Chief Louis Marcelli said. "Child predators like him violate the ultimate trust, and we remain steadfast in our efforts to both prevent and capture predators in our community.” 

Fomin is charged with attempted aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and other charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Thomas Tartaglio.

“The reported conduct of the defendant is classic grooming behavior by a predator, trying to acclimate children to sexual abuse," Hogan said. "Three brave victims and their parents have come forward to police. It is very important that parents talk with their children to see if there are any more victims. Anyone with information should come forward to the police so that the defendant can be held fully accountable.” 

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact Chester County Detective James Ciliberto at 610-344-6866. 

Matt Rosen June 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Take the photo of the students down! Whoever allowed that to be part of this story made a horrible call. The community is already grieving over this entire exploitation of trust, and you're further harming the most vulnerable ones involved.
Maureen Martinez June 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM
There is a local non profit group right here in Malvern that has been working on better laws and more awareness/education about child sexual abuse. Go to Justice4pakids.com for more info...we produce seminars free and open to the public re: signs and symptoms and how to talk to your children about this topic ... typical profile of a predator, etc. We have also produced a coloring book (best suited for ages 4-7) written by a local therapist and pediatrician. If you would like a complimentary coloring book or info on our latest seminars please send an email to: info@justice4pakids.com. You can also find us on facebook. We will be at Duane Milne's Kids Fest on June 21 at GV Middle School at his request-- with the FREE coloring books. Remember these stats: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of child sexual abuse before age 18. Only 1 in 10 will tell. Average age of disclosure is age 42. 90% of all victims KNOW their predator. Only 10% is the danger stranger message we all know.
Karen B June 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I don't see the second photo here now - however, I shared the article on FB, and guess what appeared??? Please, for the children, take the other photo off the site completely.
Susan June 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM
They've taken it down here but it still appears on their FB site..
oldschool June 13, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Malvern Patch I hope someone is held accountable for posting the picture of the students. Please tell us what your standards are?

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