(KMOV) – Police say 72-year-old Allen Merry is charged with 18 crimes involving the rape and exploitation of a 15-year-old girl. Merry taught at the Central Visual and Performing Arts Academy in South St. Louis. The victim says Merry had sex with her several times in the music classroom.
Police say the abuse happened over the course of three years.
According to court documents, Merry taught music at Bunche International Studies- a middle school that temporally shared a building with Central Performing Arts Academy in 2006.
Police say even after Bunche moved back into its own building, Merry continued to rape the teen.
Police also say Merry photographed the student nude and made her watch pornographic movies before he had sex with her in his north St. Louis home.
Merry retired in 2011, but until his arrest presently, he was an after-school provider at Kennard Classical Junior Academy.
The school district sent letters to parents and banned Merry from their schools.
Child Advocates believe there could be more victims since Merry taught in the district since 1985.
Letter from Kennard Classical Junior Academy School-
" Dear Parents/Guardians:
I wanted to take a moment to inform you of an incident involving a Kennard Classical Junior Academy after-school provider. It has been brought to my attention that a Kennard CJA after-school provider was arrested and charged with numerous counts of sexual misconduct. At this time, we have no information indicating these incidents took place at Kennard CJA or involved any Kennard CJA students.
The District is fully cooperating with police in investigating these allegations. I want to assure you that the entire Kennard CJA staff remains committed to providing your child with an excellent education in a safe, nurturing environment. Please understand that the safety of your child is of the highest priority at Kennard CJA.
Should you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact me at the school office at 353-8875.
Dr. Wanda LeFlore