MISSOULA - A Frenchtown music teacher has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly fondling and attempting to kiss one of his female students.
Troy Bashor was charged with misdemeanor sexual assault in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday.
Frenchtown school leaders say Bashor is on leave with pay indefinitely. Superintendent Randy Cline tells KPAX that Bashor will not perform any duties on behalf of the Frenchtown School District.
In court documents, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Child Abuse Hotline on Jan. 1 that they had information that a Frenchtown High School student had been sexually abused by a teacher, Troy Bashor.
The 16-year-old student reported to MCSO Lieutenant Robert Kennedy that she was one of Bashor's aids, which gave Bashor the opportunity to interact with Doe outside the classroom setting.
The student reported Bashor had previously lifted up her shirt and touched her belly button during school hours. In court documents, Doe indicated that on Dec.20, 2016, she and another student were in the theater during the school day, assisting Bashor in striking the set from a play. Doe reported she was attempting to hang a curtain on the stage when Bashor approached her and again placed his hand on her butt. Doe moved away to the other side of the curtain, at which point the other student exited the theater. The student reported that Bashor followed her and attempted to hug her. She said she pulled away, but Bashor grabbed Doe’s arms and “flung” them over his shoulders. The girl then reported Bashor “stuck his hands up [Doe’s]shirt, moving his hands towards her breasts. Doe reported she pulled away, but Bashor approached her attempting to kiss her.
Bashor has denied all the allegations against him.
If found guilty, Bashor faces six months in jail and/or $500 fine.
A former Frenchtown teacher, Michael Kent Botsford, was charged in early 2016 with endangering the welfare of children after being accused of sending about 14,000 inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old student through social media. Botsford ultimately pleaded guilty and was handed down a six-month suspended sentence in that case.
Bashor’s initial appearance will be on Nov. 14 in Missoula County Justice Court.