SC band director charged with having sex with student

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A band teacher at a South Carolina middle school has been arrested and accused of having sex with a North Carolina student.

Multiple media outlets reported that 44-year-old Richard Priode of Charlotte was charged Thursday with indecent liberties with a student.

Priode is the band director at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill. The charges stem from his work at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. Priode left South Mecklenburg last June.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman Cynthia Robbins says the school district cooperated with police as soon as it learned of the allegations.

Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker says she can't talk about the case because the district is awaiting official notification of the charge.

It was unclear if Priode has an attorney.

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twilahzone 06/12/09 - 08:52 am
This is becoming more and

This is becoming more and more common these days, isn't it? Yes, these young people expose their body parts more and more --but have some kind of self-restraint, people! Is that one night (or more) of passion worth your FREEDOM? Is your mid-life crisis that BAD where you have to go there with someone who is underage?? Is the woman or man you have in your life THAT unappealing where you have to go after a underage person? For this man, I guess it allegedly was.

GACopperhead 06/12/09 - 12:05 pm
This is not a new phenomenon,

This is not a new phenomenon, folks, just now accepted as being wrong. I was in band in high scholl, and the band director took liberties with the young girls any time he could. Teachers use their position of authority to intimidate or impress young girls to gain sex. I believe it's easier for women teachers because young men are taught that it's ok to get sex any way they can. Society has removed any social stigma to pre-marital sex, adultery and abortion. Are we surprised that the teen birthrate, unwed motherhood and the murder of countless children has skyrocketed? Is anyone surprised that the divorce rate is 50% or more? Morals are there for other reasons than to "infringe" on women's right to chose(read murder), or to judge. They are in place to be the cornerstone of a healthy society. American society and civilization will inevitably fall, unless we get back to good morals and common sense.

Summerville 06/12/09 - 03:29 pm
Guess he was tired of playing

Guess he was tired of playing the organ solo.

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