UPDATE from 11 p.m. Newscast
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man entrusted with teaching children has now been charged with breaking that trust.
On Friday, a grand jury indicted Jack Pierce on charges of sexual abuse. Pierce is a private music teacher from St. Albans.
Houston McIntyre said he was one of Pierce's first victims, and he filed sexual abuse charges against his former piano teacher 18 years ago. His case, however, never made it out of the grand jury.
McIntyre, 30, is now a successful graphic designer.
"I didn't want to give him the satisfaction that he tainted my life," McIntyre said. "I just had to put it in the back of my mind and get down the road."
But he never forgot what he said his piano teacher Pierce did to him when he was just a boy.
"It's really creepy as I think back on it, but I was 10 and 11 years old, and it took it a while to sink in that this is not right one bit," McIntyre said. "It started off, 'Sleep on the couch and then, Hey come in my bed.' "
But McIntyre's case never progressed past the grand jury. Eighteen years later, another former student's allegations have turned into criminal indictments for the trusted and respected music teacher.
We've tried several times to contact Pierce, but he has not responded. We went to his home Friday, and he was not there.
Since Pierce was arrested, about a dozen other students have come forward with allegations, according to sheriff's deputies. No additional charges, however, have been filed.
A spokesperson with the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office tells WSAZ.com that Jack Pierce was indicted Thursday on charges including sexual abuse by a parent or guardian and first degree sexual abuse.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say Pierce is accused of molesting a student during a sleepover at Pierce's house four years ago.
Deputies also say other people have come forward with allegations, but no other charges have been filed.
Pierce has taught music from his home in St. Albans for decades.
He will be arraigned on the charges on February 17.
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