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Haverhill

October 10, 2013

Voice teacher, 32, accused of impregnating pupil, 14

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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. At the request of the investigator, the music school limited Garsteck’s interactions with students to adults, the report said.

When contacted yesterday, Nancy Burger, co-owner of DeAngelis Studio, said Garsteck taught on a contract basis but is no longer with the studio.

“We are very concerned about the allegation, and we are cooperating with police,” Burger said.

Strasnick said the victim initially told investigators the father of the child was someone her own age but ultimately said Garsteck was the father.

The report said the girl had offered to tell her mother who the real father was but only if she promised not to get “him” in trouble. The girl told her mother she and Garsteck were in love and were going to be together, the report said.

Police said that during the investigation, the girl’s mother kept information from them. In September, when investigators confronted the woman at her home in Amesbury regarding contradictory statements she had made to police, the woman became defensive and said that even though her daughter had sex with Garsteck, it didn’t mean he was the father because the her daughter had sex with others, too, according to the police report.

Strasnick said that when Garsteck became aware of the investigation, he showed up at the police station to try to clear his name.

Police said he denied having a romantic relationship with the girl -- she wasn’t his type, he said, and he kept his professional and personal lives separate. He also told police he had a relationship with the victim’s family, which included sharing family holidays, taking trips to the beach and seeing movies with the girl’s mother.

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