Palisades School of Music Director Accused of Sexual Assault of Former Student

According to an announcement by authorities on Friday, the director of a music school in Fort Lee was accused of sexually assaulting a former piano student.

Michael Thomopoulos, 65, of Englewood, was arrested on Friday and charged with sexual assault, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Thomopoulos is the director of The Palisades School of Music on Washington Avenue.

Thomopoulos allegedly assaulted the former student various times while he was the instructor at the school, the prosecutor’s office stated. The Fort Lee Police Department was called to the alleged sexual assault on Jan. 22. 

According to the school website, Palisades School is “a performance school for the serious student” offering lessons in piano, violin, cello, and flute. 

Thomopoulos has a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, the school website indicated. 

“Under his leadership, the school has developed into a preeminent school for gifted children at the pre-college level,” the website stated.  

Although the school offers lessons to children, prosecutors did not reveal if the victim was underage. 

Thomopoulos first court appearance was scheduled for Saturday.

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