Yoga teacher charged with molesting six-year-old boy
A yoga and dance instructor at a Montessori school in Missouri has been accused of repeatedly groping and fondling a six-year-old male student.
Christian Hammond, 22, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one count second-degree child molestation.
During his interview with police, Hammond confessed to grabbing and squeezing the buttocks, and touching the genitals of a child who was attending classes at Parkville Children's Cottage on several occasions.
Teacher charged: Christian Hammond, 22, a children's yoga teacher from Missouri, has been charged with molesting a six-year-old student
Hammond had taught yoga and dance at Parkville Children's Cottage – a Montessori school serving kids ages six weeks to nine years old (pictured)
But the 22-year-old yoga teacher claimed that he only touched the six-year-old over his pants and denied ever having any skin-to-skin contact with him, according to court documents cited by Fox 4 KC.
Hammond also admitted that he had pulled the boy's pants away from his stomach and looked down his pants.
The 22-year-old educator estimated that he touched the boy more than four times, but fewer than 10.
Police began investigating the young teacher after receiving a report on November 9 alleging molestation at the Montessori school, which serves children between ages of six weeks to nine years old.
Detectives interviewed the six-year-old victim and his mother, and the little boy told them that on November 7, his yoga teacher at the school, Hammond, gave him a hug.
Confession: Hammond (left and right) admitted to police that he touched the six-year-old over his pants and looked down his pants at the child's genitals
The boy further said that on several occasions, Hammond had reached down the front of his pants and touched him, and that the man also grabbed his buttocks multiple times after class.
Following his arrest on Tuesday, investigators asked Hammond why he targeted the six-year-old boy. The teacher was quoted as replying: ‘I don't know. He is a cute child.'
Hammond was ordered held in jail on $100,000 cash-only bond, reported the station KSHB.
Police said they believe there could be additional victims out there.