Originally created 02/08/00

Band's director charged



A North Augusta High School band director was taken into police custody Monday after an investigation into a fund-raising scandal.

David Faulk, 45, of the 4000 block of Wax Myrtle Court in Evans, was charged with embezzlement of public funds, said Lt. Tim Pearson of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

School officials began an investigation Wednesday after allegations emerged that Mr. Faulk may have pocketed money raised to benefit the school band, Aiken County schools Superintendent Linda Eldridge said. Mr. Faulk was immediately put on administrative leave.

"I'm sorry something like this would happen to someone who was trusted by our students," Dr. Eldridge said after hearing about the arrest late Monday. "It's very unfortunate, but now it's in the hands of the authorities."

Mr. Faulk was arrested at 6 p.m. without incident, police said. He was being held at the North Augusta Department of Public Safety awaiting a bond hearing.

Meanwhile, Lt. Pearson declined to discuss an investigation into similar allegations against North Augusta High softball coach and English teacher Verne Rushton. Police officials have not notified school officials of charges and Mr. Rushton was on administrative leave Monday, Dr. Eldridge said.

This school year is the first at North Augusta High for Mr. Faulk. Mr. Rushton has been with the school more than 20 years.

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