Peter Kwon: Irvine Violin Teacher Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with an 8-Year-Old

Peter Kwon was arrested on May 16, 2018, after one of his students came forward with a sexual misconduct accusation against him. Kwon teaches violin in Irvine, California, reportedly abused the victim between 2005 and 2007.

Kwon, 32, is a graduate of John Hopkins University. He is charged with digital penetration of a child under 10, and lewd acts with a child under 14. At the time of the alleged abuse, he ran Peter Kwon’s String Studio inside of his home.

About Peter Kwon
GenderMale
SiblingsAndrew Kwon
ParentsOkyung Kwon, Sarah Kwon
AlumniJohn Hopkins University
AGE32 Years
LAST WORKED ATOrange County School of the Arts
CHARGESSexual misconduct with a minor
ARRESTED ON16th May, 2018

The victim, who was eight years old at the time of the alleged incident, has not been named at this time.

She came forward with accusations against her violin teacher in April 2018. Kwon was arrested outside of his home on May 16, 2018, at 11:55 a.m.

Peter Kwon Playing a Violin

Peter Kwon Playing Violin (Photo: Facebook/pandagom86)

Aside from his in-home lessons, Kwon also taught at Orange County School, and Vienna Music Institute.

According to his Facebook page, he worked at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California before his arrest.

Peter Kwon’s Family

Peter Kwon’s social media accounts contain multiple pictures of orchestras. His brother, Andrew Kwon, is also a violin player who lives in Irvine, California. Their mother, Sarah Kwon, worked with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

It seems as though some members of the Kwon family live in Irvine, but have roots in Seoul, Korea. Kwon’s father, Okyung Kwon is also a musician and former music director at Washington Symphony Youth Orchestra. On Facebook, he lists that he is originally from Inchon, Korea, but now lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Kwon’s Work

Peter Kwon’s resumé is includes experience as a substitute musician at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a guest musician at Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

He is also associated with the Pacific Symphony, and Maryland Symphony Youth Orchestra. He previously lived in Bloomington, Indiana, Tustin, California, and Owings Mills, Maryland.

Current Criminal Charges

Peter Kwon is believed to have assaulted other girls. The Irvine Police Department are urging anyone who may have been a victim, or has information about Kwon, to contact Detective Jason Renshaw at 949-724-7244.

Mugshot of Peter Kwon

Mugshot of Peter Kwon Accused of Sexual Misconduct (Photo: City of Irvine)

If found guilty, Peter Kwon can spend one year in a county jail, or up to 10 years in a state jail.

Because of the duration of his alleged crime, and the possibility of more victims coming forward, Kwon may face additional charges, and be registered as a sex offender.


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