Music teacher arrested, suspected of sex crimes in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO — A 35-year-old private school music teacher suspected of committing sex crimes against a 15-year-old girl was arrested last week, according to police.

John Patrick Root of San Francisco, was arrested July 20 and booked into Santa Clara County jail on four felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor, according to Palo Alto police. Root was fired from his music teaching position following his arrest, according to School of Rock officials.

In a statement, officials with the School of Rock wrote “our highest priority is the safety of our students and we immediately engaged in working with the police department to assist in their investigation. Our employee safety procedures require all staff and faculty to complete background checks and complete a code of conduct. In this particular case, we completed a background check and the former teacher executed a code of conduct.”

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