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Former assistant band director sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex acts

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:57 AM
Last updated Wednesday, May 2, 2012 1:26 AM
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A former assistant band director was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for sex acts he committed on a teenage boy in March 2011.

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Travis McCauley is escorted in the courtroom for his sentencing. McCauley, a former assistant band director, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for sex acts he committed on a teenage boy in March 2011.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Travis McCauley is escorted in the courtroom for his sentencing. McCauley, a former assistant band director, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for sex acts he committed on a teenage boy in March 2011.

Travis McCauley, 33, will be on probation for life as a sex offender upon his release, as required by his guilty plea to aggravated child molestation. He also pleaded guilty to reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person and attempted child molestation.

McCauley expressed remorse and apologized for his actions at sentencing, particularly for exposing a child who was 15 at the time to HIV. Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said several tests indicate the teenager did not contract the virus, which is a precursor to AIDS.

“You could have given that child a death sentence,” Superior Court Judge Sheryl Jolly said.

McCauley, who was affiliated with the CSRA All Star Band, met the victim through a mutual friend and gave him music lessons at his home. The adolescent’s father was tipped off to the inappropriate contact through instant messages discovered on a home computer, Syms said.

A forensic interview with the victim by a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator revealed four sexual encounters between McCauley and the victim in March and April 2011. The first happened in an empty VIP box at James Brown Arena when McCauley took the adolescent to the circus. Later that night, he smoked marijuana with the boy and performed oral sex on him, Syms said.

Syms said the two other incidents happened at McCauley’s home during music instruction.

“They all considered Mr. McCauley a friend, and for that they were doubly troubled by the case,” Syms said.

A second victim received explicit text messages from McCauley, but no contact occurred between them, Syms said.

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meginlea
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meginlea 05/01/12 - 12:19 pm
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This disgusts me and makes me

This disgusts me and makes me so sad. I hope the 15 year old receives CAPABLE and THOROUGH psychological counseling.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/12 - 12:39 pm
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He'll be out on parole in

He'll be out on parole in about five years.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/01/12 - 12:50 pm
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He wont last in a prison

He wont last in a prison setting. Once his story is out (and its probably out) in the prison, the vultures will be there, waiting. This is sickening.

ImPOed
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ImPOed 05/01/12 - 06:44 pm
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One thing for sure is that he

One thing for sure is that he won't teach in another school system the rest of his natural life. I bet there are more victims out there too.

cozzster
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cozzster 05/02/12 - 06:42 am
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it's gonna be a painful 30
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it's gonna be a painful 30 years for him, if you know what I mean...

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nocnoc 09/02/12 - 09:19 am
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ergsweetone4u
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ergsweetone4u 05/02/12 - 11:26 am
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This makes me sick.

This makes me sick.

Hopefully this young boy (who just may be a young man by now) can move past this horrible incident, go on unscathed (which probably might not happen) and hopefully not vent/act out inthe future because of this.

Thank you Judge Jolly for hopefully putting this guy behind bars for a very long time, where he won't be able to abuse another child! Sadly, I have no doubt he'll be the one who's being abused once he's in prison.

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