Sheila Stogsdill

Special to the Grove Sun

MIAMI — A former Wyandotte band teacher is being held in lieu of $650,000 bail, accused of molesting two former students, District Attorney Eddie Wyant said Tuesday.

Brian Matthew Rash, 38, of Joplin, Mo., was charged Monday in Ottawa County District Court with first-degree rape, first-degree attempted rape, four counts of rape by instrumentation and two counts of lewd or indecent proposal or acts to a child.

He is being held in Jasper County, Mo., awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.

The sexual misconduct accusations emerged during a five-month investigation after Rash’s Wyandotte residence was vandalized on June 24.

A former Wyandotte band student, now 21, confessed to vandalizing the residence more than once and said it was because Rash had molested him beginning when he was in the fifth grade, the affidavit states.

An Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy noticed the doors to Rash’s truck were open, according to an affidavit for arrest.

Written on the side of the truck was "You are a child molester,” the affidavit states.

About 200 incidents happened at Rash’s residence, the Wyandotte School band room and in Rash’s van and hot tub, the student told investigators. The student had music lessons with Rash twice a week for two years and Rash "molested him every time he took him home,” the affidavit states.

Rash’s former wife told authorities Rash confessed to her "he loved” the student and "could not imagine his life without him,” the affidavit states.

Another former band student, now 22, told authorities Rash molested him when he was between the ages of 10 and 13, the affidavit states.

Rash was employed by the Joplin (Mo.) Catholic School District from 1995 to 1997; Wyandotte School District from 1997 to 2000, and Neosho (Mo.) School District from 2000 to 2007.