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Toronto piano teacher charged with sexually assaulting 8-year-old

A 76-year-old piano teacher is in custody charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl at his home.

Hassan Mehrpouya was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual interference, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and exposing himself to a person under the age of 14.

Court records show that there have been previous complaints about Mr. Mehrpouya, also involving juveniles.

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He has been teaching piano at his north Toronto home for about 14 years and it's suspected there may be other victims, police said.

Mr. Mehrpouya had a court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Anyone with information about him is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

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