JUST IN: Former music teacher pleads in student molestation case


A former music teacher who was accused of molesting a student pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday morning. 

Terrence Dwarika, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted lewd acts with a minor and was sentenced to four years of probation. Dwarika, who appeared before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley, also will be registered as a sex offender. Dwarika had been on house arrest for several months, according to court records.

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Dwarika was a music instructor at Trinity Christian School in Palm Beach Gardens, which is associated with Trinity United Methodist Church on Military Trail. 

In January, he was arrested after the mother of two boys who Dwarika tutored went to authorities. She said Dwarika, who had worked with the boys for more than three years, had asked if he could take them Christmas shopping at The Gardens Mall. When the boys came home, they told their mother they actually had gone to a home with Dwarika. The mother told police Dwarika did not have permission to do that.

She asked her sons what had happened, and one of the boys said he saw Dwarika kiss his brother. When the mother asked the boy what happened, he said he had been inappropriately touched by his teacher on several occasions before, including while he was at school. 

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In 2005 while Dwarika was teaching Baldwin-Peck Prep School in North Palm Beach, he was named "Teacher of the Week" by The Palm Beach Post.



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