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Violin teacher from Lawrence charged with assaulting former youth student

A Lawrence Township man has been charged with the sexual assault of a minor known to him.


Dezheng Ping, 57, of Lawrence, was charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact on Sept. 23, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department.


Following an investigation by Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department and Detective Linda Infusino of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as assistance from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the West Windsor Police Department, authorities determined that, in 2016, Ping allegedly inappropriately touched a child, approximately 12 years of age, during violin lessons held at what was then Ping’s Plainsboro residence, according to the statement.

Ping is employed by Rider University at the Westminster Choir College and provides private violin instruction in West Windsor and Plainsboro.

Anyone with information is should call Miller at 609-799-2333 or Infusino at 732-745-4340.

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