Burlington music store cuts ties with Kenosha County teacher accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl | Local News

BURLINGTON — Owners of music store Musicology say they have severed ties with a teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Zachary Wendt, 38, who was charged Dec. 9 in Racine County Circuit Court, is a music teacher at Wheatland Center School that has also offered private lessons in musicology.

In a written statement, Musicology owner Joel Drouin said store officials are cooperating with police investigators and that Wendt is no longer affiliated with the store.

“The individual in question has been removed from our program,” Drouin said.

Located at 452 N. Pine St., Musicology is a retail music store which also offers private lessons in musical instruments. The store opened about five years ago.

According to the Racine County prosecutor, Wendt’s alleged victim was a 16-year-old girl who was involved in teaching music at Musicology.

Wendt, who lives in Burlington, is charged with two counts child sexual assault, as well as possession of child pornography and other counts.

He is being held in the Racine County Jail on $500,000 bond. He is due back in court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

In his statement, Drouin wrote that Musicology carefully screens potential employees and conducts background checks for past criminal activity. The store is also designed for security, with security cameras and viewing windows on the classrooms, he wrote.

“The safety and comfort of our students and customers has always been our top priority,” he said. “We know how important it is for our students and their families to know they are in a safe space.”

Alice P. Darby