Music teacher accused of giving a girl foot rubs, just for fun

Michael Waite, 42, of Mattydale, N. Y., to 10 years in prison if convicted of sexual abuse of a child.

A private music teacher in the state of New York, is on trial this week, accused of giving foot rubs to a girl for more than seven years, in which he allegedly rubbed the girl’s feet against himself for sexual gratification.

The suspect, identified as Michael Waite, 42, of Mattydale, near Syracuse, denies the allegations, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported.

The unknown girl testified Thursday that there is no other form of sexual contact took place, the report said. Although Waite is a teacher, the girl was not one of his students, the newspaper added.

According to the report, Ministry of Jordan Aiello told the jury that the fact that the girl does not accuse Waite of a serious crime suggests that she is telling the truth.

But lawyer David Zukher argued that the girl was lying, and that police had conducted a “sloppy” and shameful” investigation that no physical evidence.

Zukher called it a “he said, she said” case, according to the report.

But trial testimony indicates Waite admitted giving the foot rubs in text messages and in a wiretapped police interview, the newspaper reported. He told the police in her foot to have touched his private area by accident, the report said.

Waite faced with ten years in prison, if convicted.

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