A Memorial High School art teacher was suspended from duty
Monday after his weekend arrest on complaints of raping a
Son Minh Rockstroh, 48, was arrested Saturday on three
counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of lewd
molestation of a child. He was jailed about 2 a.m. Saturday
and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Tulsa Public Schools hired Rockstroh as an art teacher for
Memorial in September 2001. He was put on administrative leave
Monday, district officials said.
The allegations have no apparent link to his work as a
schoolteacher but to his leadership of a small religious group
called Church Life, Tulsa police said.
The victim and her mother met Rockstroh through Church
Life, whose members meet in each others' homes, Detective
Chuck Haywood said.
"There is not a pastor of the church, but everyone
considered him to be the guy in charge," Haywood said of
During an interview with police, Rockstroh admitted that he
had molested the girl on three occasions, jail records show.
Two of the assaults were alleged to have occurred at the
victim's house, while the third assault was alleged to have
hap-[ 4] pened at another church member's house, Haywood said.
The 13-year-old girl told police that on Oct. 19,
Rockstroh, a man she knew as her pastor, molested her at her
"The victim reported that the suspect claimed he did this
to determine if she was a virgin and to instruct her on how to
perform a self breast exam," Haywood wrote in the report.
Rockstroh also told police that he had touched the girl's
breasts and had shown her how to do a breast exam but admitted
to having no medical training.
The girl told police that the man also took nude
photographs of her and then told her not to tell anyone about
Rockstroh was alleged to have molested her, shaved her
pubic area and inserted a cotton swab into her vagina on Nov.
2. He reportedly told her "he was doing this to obtain DNA
samples and to check her for germs," according to the arrest
Rockstroh said he brought along a DNA kit because he needed
DNA samples and fingerprints from her in case something
happened to her, Haywood said.
Three days later, the girl and Rockstroh reportedly were at
another church member's home.
"The suspect inspected her buttocks after she received a
spanking" and then molested her, according to records and
Rockstroh's teaching career in Tulsa-area public schools
dates to 1998, according to the application he filed with
Tulsa Public Schools.
On his March 2001 application, Rockstroh said he taught at
Vandever Elementary School in Broken Arrow from "August 1999
Broken Arrow Public Schools officials confirmed that
Rockstroh had worked as an art teacher at Vandever but only
from August 1999 until his voluntary resignation on April 4,
The girl's allegations against Rockstroh are not the first,
according to Broken Arrow police.
On April 3, 2000 -- the day before his resignation from
Broken Arrow Public Schools -- an adult in a community
education art class Rockstroh taught filed a police report
alleging sexual battery against him, Sgt. John Zoller said.
"An adult -- not a child -- claimed to be inappropriately
touched," Zoller said. "A report was taken. It was
investigated by a detective, but the victim did not wish to
pursue charges. They were satisfied to learn that he would no
longer be around children at his teaching job."
Rockstroh was never arrested in connection with the
complaint, Zoller said.
Rockstroh's other teaching experience included substitute
math and art teaching at Union Intermediate High School and
substitute art teaching at Cherokee Elementary School in
Catoosa -- both in the 1998-1999 academic year, according to
his Tulsa Public Schools application.
District officials in both Union and Catoosa confirmed his
employment as a substitute there.
Tulsa Public Schools relies on the Oklahoma State Bureau of
Investigation for background checks of prospective employees,
district spokesman John Hamill said.
"It is my understanding that OSBI checks for arrests,
charges and disposition of charges," Hamill said.
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