Investigation of former band director widens

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Authorities are investigating additional allegations against a former band director at Butler High School.

Last year, when Anthony Shelton was the volunteer assistant band director at Murphey Middle School, he allowed two suspended female pupils to spend the day with him in his band room, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Thelma Gilchrist.

Mr. Shelton was arrested May 9 after two Butler High students said he had a prolonged sexual relationship with them.

Both of the middle school girls, who were 13 at the time, and pupils in Mr. Shelton's band class have denied anything inappropriate occurred. But the mother of one claims Mr. Shelton repeatedly made phone calls to her daughter at home before the girl spent the day with him.

"Mr. Shelton said at the time it was in relation to the band," Investigator Gilchrist said.

The mother, who was unaware of her daughter's suspension, told police she went to school to pick her daughter up early. When she and school officials realized they didn't know the girl's whereabouts, they began looking for her and alerted teachers -- including Mr. Shelton -- that she was missing.

"They notified all of the teachers, and they were told that nobody had seen any of the girls," Investigator Gilchrist said.

In an interview with police, the girls said they spent part of the time hiding in the middle school's instrument room. Investigator Gilchrist said at least one of the Butler victims has claimed she and Mr. Shelton had their first sexual encounter in the high school's instrument room.

"It's unfortunate, but I think that's probably where his career with the girls started -- at Murphey Middle School," she said.

Mr. Shelton remains in the Richmond County jail and faces two counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual assault against persons in custody.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/21/08 - 04:42 am
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Anthony Shelton will produce

Anthony Shelton will produce more surprises as the investigation continues....if it continues. The situation is obvious. The man is a predator and has been for a while.

pofwe
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pofwe 05/21/08 - 06:55 am
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You hit that nail ... on the

You hit that nail ... on the head!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 05/21/08 - 08:38 am
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I'm really trying to place

I'm really trying to place him, I guess if they put a pic of him in the paper maybe I would remember him. If these things are true another degree wasted on messing around with students. I still say, they should hire older band directors. Some can't seperate that they are teachers and these are CHILDREN/Students under them. I think it's the age difference.

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christian134 05/21/08 - 08:50 am
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I think it is all about

I think it is all about power...These pathetic evil individuals figure having sex with the weaker younger person somehow fills their black souls up with a power high but it lasts only for a moment. The soul then empties again and they need another fix.....

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cparker 05/21/08 - 09:03 am
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He needs an authorized visit

He needs an authorized visit to that same band room with the fathers of these girls. After a good hour, he should be authorized some family leave time back at the Richmond County jail.

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noway 05/21/08 - 09:22 am
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Why is his picture not posted

Why is his picture not posted in the paper and on TV??

KingJames
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KingJames 05/21/08 - 09:42 am
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I saw this clown's picture on

I saw this clown's picture on channel 12's web site. The chronicle seems to have gone out of it's way to not show his picture. I don't know why, especially when they have shown police mugshots before.

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deekster 05/21/08 - 10:05 am
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George P. Butler High 1962.

George P. Butler High 1962. All white. Young, just out of college, P.E. coach has a sexual affair with a cheerleader. The students knew of this affair. I don't know if the administration knew or not. I can name names.

KingJames
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KingJames 05/21/08 - 10:18 am
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Deekster, thanks for letting

Deekster, thanks for letting us know that history has repeated itself. For the sake of the innocent, or at least those involved in the case who have risen above it, please do not name names. Something like that could really hurt a now upstanding citizen's reputation.

jack
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jack 05/21/08 - 10:48 am
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Some scumbag like this lays a

Some scumbag like this lays a hand on my grand daughter in middle school will definitley answer to me.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/21/08 - 10:48 am
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Unfortunately, this isn't a

Unfortunately, this isn't a new situation and race and gender are not relevant. For what ever reason, some people have a predatory mind set that allows them to take advantage of others...even to their own detriment. Schools are a magnet for this type of personality. Trust and good communication with your children from a very early age are the best safeguards against these people.

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oh man 05/21/08 - 10:57 am
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Unfortunately, this isn't

Unfortunately, this isn't new, back in the late 70s early 80s na high school had a female teaher who had sex with all the boys; everyone knew but no one did anything till she ran away with one of her students. I was in middle school and knew of the events but of course i have older attractive brothers.

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Rose 05/21/08 - 12:13 pm
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It is not always the young

It is not always the young teachers. Just watch and read the news. Many of them are in their 40s and 50s.

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peppernik 05/21/08 - 12:18 pm
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FRUITCAKE & NOWAY, His

FRUITCAKE & NOWAY, His picture is all over the news

Rose
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Rose 05/21/08 - 12:27 pm
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Thelma Gilchrist is a good

Thelma Gilchrist is a good investigator too.

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whyme 05/21/08 - 01:39 pm
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Here's the deal. If this

Here's the deal. If this occurred, this is heinous and should be punished. On the other hand, we're making assumptions again, like in many cases, based on what the media has put out. It's more newsworthy that way. There's his side, the kids' side, and the facts somewhere in between. We tend to believe what's written, like in some other recent cases of this type, because surely this many kids in so many different instances couldn't be wrong. And very likely they aren't. So it'll be interesting to see the outcome and hopefully justice will be served. Just some thoughts...

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whyme 05/21/08 - 01:50 pm
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Also, I have spoken to a

Also, I have spoken to a number of very good teachers who wouldn't dream of bothering a child. Yet they have had kids, mostly preteens and teens, seek out a hug, bring extra treats, flirt, or even profess love in notes. Because of the potential for accusations, they make every effort to follow the policy and "reject" this kind of behavior for lack of a better word, and they still risk accusations for not accepting the attention.

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FreeMrShelton 05/29/08 - 03:24 pm
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This situation is not about

This situation is not about selling newspapers it’s about telling g the truth.

These allegations against Mr. Shelton are unwarranted and untrue. The First young lady who had a complaint against Mr. Shelton was recently suspended because she was late for Mr. Shelton’s Class. After her return to school she mad these allegations against Mr. Shelton to school officials. Since her story didn’t seem to add up she got her 5 friends to make allegations against Mr. Shelton (2 Claimed he had sex with them and the other 3 said he made comments to them)

I am not sure why the newspaper is making it seem as if these girls came in on separate occasions, in fact they all walked into the Police Station together to give their stories….Hmmm sounds very strange to me.

In fact all of these girls know each other and they are friends. I don’t think the girls though it would go this far either so now they have to stick to the lies they have been telling.

I am sure the young ladies are reading this so, I hope you keep your story together, your cell phone records, your text messages, and your personal emails because this one is going to get ugly……………………….

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FreeMrShelton 05/29/08 - 11:31 pm
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Miss/Mrs Patricia Thomas For

Miss/Mrs Patricia Thomas

For a person to be a predator he must have a past and must have left a path of bread crumbs. This man has been around countless children, teenagers, and adults for the last 21 years, yet a young young woman being suspended has proved to bring out 5 friends, the media, and law enforcement with no choice but to arrest him because of headline attention.

The gentleman that was recently released from the Texas prison with 27 years served because of an allegation "LIE" yet he to would fall in your category of a "Predator" prior evidential discovery. You seen to be the judge and the jury on this case.

Mr Shelton is innocent until proven guilty buy as I can see in your eyes, he is already a convicted Predator...

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