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Man accused in molestation was a friend of family

Assistant band director remains held with no bond on 3 charges

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The HIV-infected assistant band director charged with molesting a 15-year-old boy had been a family friend since his high school and college days, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

McCauley  Richmond County Sheriff's Office photo
Richmond County Sheriff's Office photo
McCauley

Investigator Mark Dobbins said it was not unusual for Travis Omari McCauley, 32, to be around, which is why the family never suspected anything could be happening.

McCauley, the assistant band director of the CSRA All-Star Band, was charged Wednesday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child molestation and reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.

According to investigators, the victim's parents confronted McCauley after they originally found out that there might have been inappropriate communication going on between him and their son - which McCauley denied.

However, Dobbins said, when the parents again confronted McCauley with more evidence, he admitted to inappropriate contact with the teen.

Family members were concerned, Dobbins said, because they knew McCauley was HIV-positive.

Dobbins said the suspect coerced the victim into engaging in sexual acts four times within the past two months.

Although the victim was a member of the CSRA All-Star Band, initial investigation has revealed that none of the incidents occurred while McCauley was working.

"It evolved because of the relationship the victim had with the defendant, not because of the band," Dobbins said.

The band was started to teach high school-age students how to play on a college level to increase their eligibility for scholarships, Dobbins said. McCauley and another man founded the band in 2005, according to its MySpace page.

Bond has been set at $6,800 for the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. However, all other charges have been made without bond.

Investigators are asking for anyone who might have been exposed to HIV by McCauley to come forward.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/14/11 - 12:15 pm
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Is the CSRA-ALL-STAR part of

Is the CSRA-ALL-STAR part of the RCBOE or is it a private intity? Now the bond sounds better!

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 04/14/11 - 01:18 pm
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Weeeelllllllllllllll.......

Weeeelllllllllllllll....... does this mean that he can NOT be bonded?

Einstein
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Einstein 04/14/11 - 01:34 pm
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Good job on catching this

Good job on catching this piece of scum and getting him off the streets as quickly as they did.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/15/11 - 05:05 am
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Folks, in this day and age,

Folks, in this day and age, parents HAVE to educate their children on sexually-transmitted diseases, such as HIV and AIDS. I know that hindsight is 20-20, but had the parents discussed this family friend's condition with their son (educate him), it may have headed off any future encounters such as this.

Kirkwood
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Kirkwood 04/15/11 - 05:24 am
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The CSRA All-Star Band is a

The CSRA All-Star Band is a private organization. It is not an entity under the authority of the RCBOE or any other county.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/15/11 - 07:43 am
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No only.....some of us came

No only.....some of us came from a cabbage patch...just read our posts.lol

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 04/15/11 - 09:18 am
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It is unsafe to let your

It is unsafe to let your children out of your direct line of sight... How tragic is that? How can we guarantee safety for our children ? Some how we must return to maintaining direct parental supervision... which of course is inconvenient and at times even impossible... but the alternatives evidently have horrible consequences. Tragic.

dougk
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dougk 04/15/11 - 08:33 pm
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There's even a bigger problem
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There's even a bigger problem if you can't let your 15 year-old out of your sight.

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godbless1 04/23/11 - 03:41 pm
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what confounds me is that he

what confounds me is that he was known to hang around the younger boys and take them out to the clubs and possible a known predator???????? Why did no one stop him a few years ago???

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