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Frenchtown choir, band and theater teacher Troy Bashor was served an order of protection in Missoula Justice Court after a student claimed inappropriate touching and sexual harassment. (Frenchtown School photo) Frenchtown choir, band and theater teacher Troy Bashor was served an order of protection in Missoula Justice Court after a student claimed inappropriate touching and sexual harassment. (Frenchtown School photo)
Frenchtown High School (MTN News photo) Frenchtown High School (MTN News photo)
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Frenchtown High School choir, band and theater teacher Troy Bashor was served an order of protection in Missoula Justice Court after a student claimed inappropriate touching and sexual harassment. 

Justice Court Judge Landee Holloway granted an order of protection on March 13 based on the student's petition. That student's identity is being withheld. The protection order reads that Bashor must remain 1,500 feet away from the student's residence and 15 feet while at the school - with no communication.

Bashor was put on leave but is now back working in his same position at the school. 

In the student’s order of protection report, the student said on Dec. 20 in the Frenchtown High School Auditorium, that Bashor "grabbed my arm and hugged me and put his hands up my shirt, all the way up to my breasts.” The report states a male student walked in and the student then left. 

She stated that as a result of this and other incidents seeing Bashor causes her anxiety, makes her nauseous and “unsafe” at school. The student said she waited to file the protection order because there was an investigation on the case that she hoped "would have been resolved (this) by now and it is not.”

Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett told MTN News that there is an active criminal investigation ongoing against Bashor in response to these complaints. Once the Sheriff's Office completes their investigation it will be forwarded to the Missoula County Attorney's Office to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

No charges or arrests have been made at this point.

Bashor's attorney, Peter Lacny, sent the following statement to MTN News on Monday: 

"Mr. Bashor completely denies the allegations made in the Petition for the Temporary Order of Protection. I am evaluating whether to appeal the recent decision in Mr. Bashor's case. Mr. Bashor has been allowed to return to the school and to teaching which is very important to him. Mr. Bashor is a dedicated educator and will not let this situation distract from or otherwise affect his work."  

Bashor began his teaching career as a part-time music teacher at Frenchtown after graduating from the University of Montana in 2002. He teaches several classes at the school between grades 5-12 including extra-circular classes and private lessons. 

Frenchtown School Superintendent Randy Cline issued a statement Monday on the allegations against Bashor:

"The District was made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct on the part of a teacher. The matter was investigated, and the District did not substantiate any allegations of inappropriate contact between the teacher and the student. The District did address boundary issues with the teacher, and will continue to monitor the situation. In addition, the District cooperated fully with law enforcement and was told that the criminal investigation has been closed."

Bassett, however, told MTN News on Tuesday that the investigation into the allegations against Bashor is still ongoing and is not complete, as the Superintendent has indicated. Bassett says she expects the detective’s report to go to the Missoula County Attorney’s office this week. It will then be up to the County Attorney to file charges.  

Bashor teaches several classes at the school between grades five and 12, including extra-circular classes and private lessons. A show of support for Bashor is planned for Tuesday evening's Frenchtown School Board meeting. 

This is the second Frenchtown teacher to be accused of misconduct with students since last year. In January 2016, Michael Kent Botsford was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children after he was accused of sending about 14,000 inappropriate messages to a student- with some messages being sexual in nature. 

Botsford has since resigned his position at the school.

--Melissa Rafferty contributed reporting to this story.

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