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January 14, 2014

Music school owners indicted on charges of child endangerment

HAVERHILL — The owners of a popular music school in Haverhill have been indicted on charges of child endangerment in connection with a case in which a former voice teacher was charged with impregnating a 14-year-old pupil.

According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, Michael DeAngelis and Nancy Burger, co-owners of DeAngelis Studio of Music in Lafayette Square, were indicted on Jan. 2 by an Essex County Grand Jury on one count each of reckless endangerment of a child.

No arraignment date has been scheduled, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

The indictment grew out of a case against Joshua Garsteck, who police charged last fall with impregnating a 14-year-old pupil from Amesbury.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on May 29 of last year, the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) notified Haverhill police about the alleged sexual abuse of a child by her “voice coach,” Joshua Garsteck.

A DCF investigator told police that Garsteck was teaching at the DeAngelis Studio as a voice instructor and that the victim was his student. The girl was several months pregnant at the time, and according to the police report, told investigators that she stopped going to the music school shortly after learning she was pregnant as it was agreed upon by “everyone” involved that it might disrupt the school’s “image” if she was there and pregnant.

The DCF investigator told police that upon learning of Garsteck’s identity, she contacted the music school and explained that an investigation was being conducted and asked that Garsteck’s interactions with clients be limited to adults.

Police said the school failed to comply with DCF’s request by allowing Garsteck to continue teaching children at the school while he was still under investigation.

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