DALY CITY -- A substitute music teacher has been formally charged with touching the chests of three female students during lessons at a Daly City performing arts school, authorities said Wednesday.

Brian Butts, a 28-year-old Danville resident, was booked Saturday into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of 10 counts of lewd acts with a child by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Butts pleaded not guilty Monday to all charges, which came as a result of an investigation into reports he had inappropriately touched the chests of the students during music lessons.

Brian Butts.
Brian Butts. ( Courtesy San Mateo County Sherif )

Butts, a guest instructor at MusicArt Studio, School of Music and Fine Arts, taught guitar and piano from April to June while the school owner was in Spain, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Wednesday. Two students, ages 13 and 15, told the owner upon his return that Butts had touched their breasts during private lessons.

The owner immediately called Daly City police, who went on to interview the rest of the students, Wagstaffe said. A second 13-year-old victim told investigators that Butts touched her breasts outside her clothing on multiple occasions.

Butts was arrested outside the Daly City school, Wagstaffe said. The owner of MusicArt Studio could not immediately be reached for comment.


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While the man was reportedly acting as a substitute teacher while the owner was away on vacation, he is listed as an active staff member on the company's website. The staff listing describes him as an accomplished musician hailing from Illinois, with degrees in jazz studies and musical theater from CSU East Bay.

Butts remains in custody on $1.5 million bail, and will return to court June 25 with a court-appointed attorney.

Daly City police are asking for anyone with information about the man to contact investigators immediately, said police Sgt. Harold Rolfes. Anyone with information may contact Senior Detective Ron Harrison at 650-991-8175.

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