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Ex-high school band director accused of raping student

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(Source: Gwinnett County Jail) (Source: Gwinnett County Jail)
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A South Gwinnett High School teacher was arrested after being accused of raping a student.

An 18-year-old student told authorities that she was raped by the former band director on multiple occasions, mostly recently in March 2017, according to a police report.

The teacher, identified as Villie Jones, resigned from Gwinnett County Public Schools prior to being arrested, according to a letter sent to parents by the school's principal. A spokesperson with the school district told CBS46 that Jones resigned on May 4, and had been with the high school since July 29, 2014.

Police say the student also provided names of other students who were allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with the teacher.

Jones was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail around 9:35 p.m. Thursday, and is being charged with four counts of sexual assault. He is being held without bond.

Letter to parents

May 5, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of South Gwinnett High School Students,

I wanted to communicate with you about a police investigation regarding allegations that a teacher at our school has had an inappropriate relationship with several students. As this has been and continues to be an active police investigation there are not many details we can share.

However, I did want to share with you that this individual has not been at our school since the beginning of the investigation on Wednesday. It is my understanding that the teacher has been taken into custody by police. Prior to his arrest, he submitted resignation to Gwinnett County Public Schools. We will move quickly to find a replacement for his position so that our students can finish the year and be prepared for the many end-of-year events that are planned.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school. I share with you that as an educator and a South Gwinnett parent myself these allegations are very disturbing. This type of behavior between a teacher and students is not acceptable. Our students, our community, and the teaching profession deserve better.

Sincerely,

Monique Lee, Principal

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