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Former piano teacher Aaron Parlier sentenced to 450 years in predatory criminal sexual assault case

Aaron Parlier walks into court
David Proeber
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Aaron Parlier, center, a former Bloomington piano teacher, arrives for his bench trial in McLean County court Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

Former piano teacher Aaron Parlier has been sentenced to 450 years in prison for sexual assault and possessing child porn.

The lengthy term comes from convictions in the first of six cases prosecutors have said they plan to try separately against the 40-year-old Bloomington man.

During a bench trial in October, a judge found Parlier guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault.

Parlier was arrested in 2018 as part of an investigation that began when an educator reviewed a poem authored by one of the minors about being sexually assaulted by Parlier, her piano teacher at the time. School officials notified police.

Police then found pornography on Parlier's laptop that led to other charges. Prosecutors have said the conduct that led to the convictions and the other allegations happened between 2009 and 2016.

The next trial is currently scheduled for Feb. 14.

YWCA Stepping Stones is a free McLean County resource for survivors of sexual assault and abuse and their loved ones available at 309-556-7000, 24 hours a day. 

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.