Costa Mesa: Police Looking For Additional Victims After Music Teacher Charged With Molesting Young Girls

Anthony (Tony) Philip Bruccoliere, 49, of Costa Mesa, is facing a dozen felony charges stemming from the continued molestation of two children. Photo by Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

03.02.2022 | 7:00 PM | COSTA MESA – Police are looking for additional victims after a children’s music teacher was arrested and charged with a dozen felonies relating to the molestation of two young girls, authorities announced Wednesday.

Anthony “Tony” Phillip Bruccoliere, 49 of Costa Mesa, was arrested on Feb. 11, 2022 after two teenage girls reported that he had molested them over a period of several years.

The acts, which took place between 2008 and 2019, occurred in numerous locations including Bruccoliere’s studio where he taught music to children.

Bruccoliere was charged with four counts of forcible lewd acts upon a child under 14, five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14, and one count of sexual penetration of a child under 10.

Each of the charges is a felony and carries a total of 180 years to life if found guilty on each count.

Based on his occupation as a children’s music teacher authorities believe there may be other victims and are seeking anyone with information to contact Detective Alicia DeFuria by calling (714) 754-5364 or by emailing

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Orange County Crime Stoppers by calling (855) TIP-OCCS or by visiting their website at

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