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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 6:36 pm | Updated: 3:45 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A Mesa Brinton Elementary School music teacher accused of molesting a student was charged with five counts of child molestation after three more victims came forward.

A Mesa Brinton Elementary School music teacher accused of molesting a student in the band room when she was 7 years old was charged with five counts of child molestation after three more victims came forward in an ongoing police investigation.

Michael LaMonica was charged with the felony offenses after a Maricopa County grand jury indicted him on Thursday, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. LaMonica is accused of molesting four children, according to the county attorney's office.

LaMonica, who is being held in the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail without bond, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. on March 11 on suspicion of two counts of child molestation.

The ages of the other three children or their dates of the alleged offenses were not immediately known.

The girl, now 12, who is connected to the incident involving LaMonica's arrest, came forward and told authorities that when she was in the second and third grade in 2005, she would help LaMonica clean the band room. After they were done, he would place her on the floor and take her pants and underwear off before inappropriately touching her, according to a Maricopa County Superior Court document.

LaMonica has taught at Brinton Elementary School since 2001 and had several complaints and a letter of reprimand in his personnel file from parents of children he allegedly inappropriately touched in the past who complained about him.

LaMonica received the letter of reprimand in his personnel file in 2002 after a girl's parents voiced concern for him nicknaming a third-grade girl "Cute Belly Button Girl" and asking her if her boyfriend smooched her on her belly button, according to a letter the Tribune received from the Mesa Unified School District.

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