HAVERHILL — A 32-year-old Haverhill voice teacher who last fall police charged with impregnating a 14-year-old pupil from Amesbury saw his case moved from district court to superior court after he was indicted by a grand jury.
Joshua Garsteck, a Pennsylvania native, was arraigned yesterday in Essex Superior Court in Salem on charges of one count of rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor and witness intimidation (misleading a police investigation). A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
Police said they began an investigation early last year after being notified by the Department of Children and Families about the alleged sexual abuse of a girl by her “voice coach.” Police subsequently brought charges against the teacher, Joshua Garsteck of 170 Washington St.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Jessica Strasnick said an investigation began last May after police were notified by DCF that the girl was several months pregnant, according to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court.
The DCF told police Garsteck was a voice instructor with the DeAngelis Studio of Music in Lafayette Square in Haverhill and the victim was a student.
The report said a DCF investigator informed the DeAngelis Studio at that time that Garsteck was under investigation.
When contacted following Garsteck’s arraignment last fall, Nancy Burger, co-owner of DeAngelis Studio, said Garsteck taught there on a contract basis but was no longer with the studio.
Strasnick said the victim initially told investigators the father of the child was someone her own age but ultimately said Garsteck was the father.
Police said investigators obtained a warrant for cell phone records that showed “thousands” of text messages between the voice coach and the victim, many of them sexually graphic.