UPDATE: July 26, 2011HERMANN, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - A high school band director from Hermann Missouri is accused of exchanging sexually explicit emails with a student.
Among the charges against 31-year-old Joshua James are furnishing pornography to a minor and “using a child in a sexual performance”.
The alleged contact took place between James and a 16-year-old female student in the Gasconade County school district, and reportedly involved illicit photos.
James is free on bond and has resigned from his band director job.
HERMANN, Mo. — An eastern Missouri high school band director is accused of exchanging sexually explicit emails with a 16-year-old student.
KSDK-TV reports that 31-year-old Joshua James was charged last week with using a child in a sexual performance and furnishing pornography to a minor. James is free on $50,000 bond. He does not yet have a listed attorney.
James resigned this month as the high school and middle school band director for the Gasconade County School District in Hermann. Court documents say that on three occasions this month, the student sent James graphic video and photos of herself. He allegedly emailed an illicit photo of himself in return.
A parent alerted school officials, prompting the police investigation.
Information from: KSDK-TV, www.ksdk.com
By Ann Rubin
Hermann, MO (KSDK) - The former band director of the Gasconade County R-1 School District is facing criminal charges for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit emails with a 16-year-old student.
Apparently the school board did not find out about the allegations against 31-year-old Joshua James until the day after they accepted his resignation. At that point, the superintendent went straight to police.
A parent tipped school officers off that James, the high school and middle school band director, might be having inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old student. An investigation later uncovered numerous emails between the two, including ones where James allegedly enticed the girl to send him pictures.
According to court documents, on three separate instances in July, the student sent James graphic video and photos of herself and he allegedly emailed an illicit photo of himself in return.
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