Arlington Music Teacher Charged With Child Sex Abuse

Rogers, 66, was released from jail on $35,000 bond, online records show

A man who police say taught music lessons in Arlington for 25 years faces a charge of continual sex abuse of a child.

According to police, Charles Reid Rogers Jr. — who also goes by the name of Reid Rogers — was arrested Feb. 13.

Arlington Police publicized the case Tuesday to coax any other possible victims to come forward.

"Over the years you can imagine the number of adolescents and students that someone may come into contact with," Arlington Police Lieutenant Christopher Cook said.

Rogers, 66, had been giving guitar lessons at Sounds Good School of Music, located in the 5700 block of Forest Bend Drive, near Green Oaks Boulevard and Interstate 20, police said.

Court records said an adult customer dropping off an instrument for repair walked in on Rogers and saw the instrutor inapporpiately touching a 9 year old girl between her legs. That customer contacted police.

The girl later told investigators Rogers had been improperly touching her genitals and chest at weekly music lessons since she was 7 years old, records said.

The records show Rogers denied any improper contact. He was released from jail after his arrest on $35,000 bond.

Trey Howse, who works at the business next door, said he spoke with Rogers many times over the past year.

"He was real friendly, it was always, 'have a blessed day', 'take care', 'how sales working,' cause we do advertising sales over here," Howse said. "He was just the old uncle on the street."

Howse said he always thought Rogers owned the music school because he saw no other instructors.  But Howse did see many students, younger ones dropped off by parents or teenagers driving up themselves for lessons.

Howse said Rogers cleaned and closed the place several weeks ago and told Howse he was retiring.

A message left at Rogers' Arlington home Tuesday was not returned.

"At this point our investigation centers around him as being a music teacher and the detectives are really interested in speaking with former students," Cook said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Arlington police Det. Trisha Walker at 817-795-9992 ext. 141 or email

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