Piano teacher accused of Richmond sex charges dies

A piano teacher accused of sexually assaulting and sexually interfering with his students during private lessons in Richmond and across the Lower Mainland died last Thursday.

Monday, Coquitlam RCMP said police would not be releasing details into the death of 68-year-old Dmytro 'Dmitri' Kubyshkin, but Cpl. Mike McLaughlin said it is not considered suspicious.

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Kubyshkin, who ran DM Piano School for in Coquitlam for 20 years, was last year charged with sexually assaulting 11 individuals at their homes in Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey and Delta between 1998 and 2016.

He faced nine charges of sexual assault, four counts of touching for a sexual purpose and two invitations to persons under the ages of 14 and 16 to touch him.

Mounties have forwarded the file to the BC Coroner’s Service, whose spokesperson, Andy Watson, said the agency wouldn’t be confirming or releasing the circumstances related to the death, for privacy reasons.

Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel for the BC Prosecution Services, told The Tri-City News the 15 charges against Kubyshkin have since been “abated.”

“There will be no further proceedings,” McLaughlin said in an email.

Lawyer Troy Anderson said he was no longer representing Kubyshkin and he was unaware he had died.

The 68-year-old man was due to have his second pre-trial conference in Port Coquitlam provincial court June 21, after he pleaded not guilty to the offences last fall and elected to proceed to trial; a 12-day hearing was set for this summer and fall.

Coquitlam RCMP, which repeatedly made public calls for other victims to come forward, said ongoing support will be provided to Kubyshkin’s alleged victims as required.

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