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Former music teacher pleads no contest to Visalia child molestation charges

Gabriel Ziessler, 30, pleaded no contest to seven felony counts of child molestation in Tulare County Superior Court on Friday. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
Gabriel Ziessler, 30, pleaded no contest to seven felony counts of child molestation in Tulare County Superior Court on Friday. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

A former music teacher pleaded no contest Friday to various felony charges stemming from the molestation of three children from September 2014 to March 2015, the Tulare County District Attorney’s office said.

Gabriel Ziessler, 30, was arrested last March after one student at Grace Note Music Studio accused him of inappropriate touching. Police soon found evidence of more victims.

In all, Ziessler pleaded no contest to seven felony counts. The crimes against all three children occurred in the city of Visalia.

Ziessler is scheduled to be sentenced on May 2 and faces up to 10 years in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and pay restitution to the victims.

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