Lawyer withdraws from ex-Bloomington piano teacher’s child sex assault case – The Pantagraph

January 29, 2022 by No Comments

BLOOMINGTON — The lawyer who represented a former Bloomington piano instructor on child sexual assault and child pornography charges has withdrawn from the case despite five more trials expected to be held for other alleged victims.

Aaron M. Parlier, 40, was sentenced two weeks ago to 450 years in prison after he was found guilty in an October bench trial of 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor and 10 counts of child pornography production.

Judge Casey Costigan granted defense lawyer Gal Pissetzky’s motion to withdraw after about 20 minutes of arguments Friday, as the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office asked for the motion to be denied.

Aaron Parlier, center, a former Bloomington piano teacher charged with 38 sex crimes, listens as his legal team (Gal Pissetzky, left, and Adam Bolotin, right) makes a point during bench trial in McLean County Court, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

A lawyer from the McLean County Public Defender’s Office will be appointed to represent Parlier for the remaining trials. Parlier faces natural life in prison if he is convicted of an additional sexual assault of a minor charge.

Pissetzky said the agreement between him and Parlier has concluded. He said Parlier has become indigent because he has been incarcerated since his 2018 arrest, and that his family, who has supported Parlier, “ran out of money.”

Aaron Parlier pictured left in 2018 and right in 2011.

Prosecutors accused Pissetzky of deploying delay tactics.

The next trial was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 14, but that has been postponed to potentially start in April. A March 2 status hearing is scheduled to review the public defender’s readiness for trial.

Assistant State’s Attorney Erika Reynolds said the victim in the next trial objects to a continuance and “wants to get on with her life,” while raising the same concerns for the other four alleged victims.

She said Pissetzky should have alerted the public defender’s office sooner about withdrawing from the case.

In this file photo, Assistant McLean State’s Attorney Erika Reynolds consults with her team in the murder trial of Sydney Mays Jr. of Bloomington, at the Law and Justice Center on Jan. 25.




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