Piano teacher accused of child molestation found dead in jail cell

Piano teacher accused of child molestation found dead in jail cell

Metro Atlanta piano teacher Troy Lawrence Palmer was accused of molesting two children multiple times. He was found dead in his Fulton County jail cell Saturday monring. Photo: Roswell Police Department

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Roswell piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges last month was found dead in his Fulton County Jail cell Saturday morning, officials said.

Roswell resident Troy Lawrence Palmer was found hanging in his cell around 8 a.m. Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement. An investigation is underway, but the initial cause of death appears to be suicide, officials said

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Palmer was accused of molesting two children “multiple times between 2008 and 2012 while inside Palmer’s home,” Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said in September. Investigators said there could have been more victims.

Palmer, 55, was arrested on Sept. 13 and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation.

He taught piano for more than 35 years, and offered lessons at his home for 13 years, Holland said. He had taught piano to hundreds of students over the years, officials said.

Palmer's death comes just days after another metro Atlanta teacher, Zachary Meadors, was found dead after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor.