Close School of Music owner charged with production of child pornography

Updated: December 10, 2019 05:45 PM
Created: December 10, 2019 04:21 PM

PARMA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester music teacher is charged with production of child pornography. 

Philip Close was arrested and charged with second degree unlawful surveillance on Monday after a camera was found in a bathroom at the Close School of Music.


On Tuesday, a U.S. Attorney announced Close was charges with production of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years and a $250,000 fine.

The investigation stems from a Dec. 5 complaint to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office from a mother, who found a video camera attached to a toilet.

On Dec. 6, a search warrant was executed, and several devices were seized from the music school, including a laptop.

In a preliminary review, the sheriff’s office found three videos of the same minor taken from the bathroom, and during a lesson. The sheriff's office reported one of the videos depicts Close touching a child during a lesson.

Close is due back in court on Dec. 17, 2019.

People with information related to this case are asked to call the Sheriff’s tip line at 585-753-4175.

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