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Seattle PI, Sep 6, 2016




Jury acquits Seattle piano teacher accused of propositioning student

Man accused of 'grooming' boy found not guilty at trial
Updated 3:59 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Seattle piano teacher who was accused last year of making lewd comments to a student was acquitted in King County Superior Court last week.

The jury found 51-year-old Martin Buff not guilty after a week-long trial. From the beginning, his defense attorney maintained the accusations were unfounded.

Prosecutors claimed Buff, a piano teacher at his private school The Piano Studio, was "grooming" a 13-year-old boy for sex at his Lake City home where he taught the lessons.


But jurors appeared to agree with attorney David Allen, who contested that any comments or actions construed to be inappropriate were not sexual or, in some cases, even directed at the boy.

Buff taught the boy for five years and was an adjunct music teacher at Holy Names Academy, a Capitol Hill Catholic high school for girls. He was charged with immoral communication with a minor in September 2015, and acquitted Thursday.

The boy claimed that Buff called "younger men" his "guilty pleasure" during a lesson, but the boy later admitted it was only after Buff took a phone call during a lesson to make a date with a man believed to be in his 20s.

Buff denied ever making such a statement, Allen wrote in court records.

Prosecutors claimed Buff gave the teen a shoulder massage during lessons, and that Buff placed his hand on the boy's back beneath his T-shirt. The teen repeated some of the allegations to a psychologist, who alerted police to the case.

The jury found Buff not guilty on the first tally, Allen said.

The criminal charge forced Buff to tell his students and their parents about the accusations and Allen believes it's the reason Holy Names did not renew his contract after nine years.

"It was really devastating for his business," Allen said, adding that Buff hopes to rebuild his reputation.

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