TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A music teacher in Brandon was arrested Thursday after he was accused of sexually battering one of his students over several months.

According to deputies, the victim was a 15-year-old boy who took guitar lessons from Jason Troche, 34, of Riverview at Music Showcase on Oakfield Drive.

The victim first began his lessons in March 2022, but from June 2022 to September 2022, Troche began sexually battering the student during their sessions, the sheriff’s office said.

“Anyone who has trust place in them from a parent to teach a child and that person takes advantage of that child, it’s disgusting,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said.

Troche also allegedly sent inappropriate messages to the student as well, according to a release.

The 34-year-old confessed that he had sexual contact with the victim while knowing that he was underage.

“We’re not done with this case. We continue to investigate and ask if there are any more victims of this music teacher, please reach out to us,” Chronister said. “Let us seek justice for you, and get you the help and care you will need.”

Though there were plenty of cars in the parking lot at the music store Friday, there were also plenty of parents with questions, demanding answers.

“It was a little disturbing,” said Robert Cruz. “It’s a little sad that we bring our kids somewhere and things like this happen.”

Cruz has three kids — two young daughters, and a high school boy who plays bass guitar. Cruz received an email this morning from Music Showcase with the news.

“Now we’re worried,” Cruz explained. “They say they have an open door policy, so now we’re going to go in there, ask them questions, what they can do to improve.”

In a statement on its website, Music Showcase said, “We are shocked and saddened to hear about Mr. Troche’s actions. Mr. Troche has been terminated from Music Showcase. We are investigating the allegations and intend to aide and fully comply with law enforcement in their investigation. Until our investigation is complete we have no further comment.”

Troche was charged with seven counts of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious molestation, transmission of harmful material to minor.

“I’m so grateful for the detectives being so diligent to stop the behavior of this music teacher,” Sheriff Chronister said. “I only hope now that there’s not other victims. But if there are, please come forward. Let’s make sure this teacher is held accountable.”

If you know of any other victims, call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.