Former Long County High School Assistant Band Director Michael Loredo had his bond reduced to $35,000 on Thursday during a hearing before Long County Superior Court Judge Glen A. Cheney.
Loredo, appearing with attorney Brandon Clark, faces two counts of sexual assault against a person in custody for allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct with students. He was arrested in April.
The sexual assault against a person in custody charge refers to the “custodial” relationship teachers have with students.
Although the age of consent in Georgia is 16, the sexual assault charge applies regardless of age in a custodial relationship.
According to initial incident reports from a GBI press release, Loredo allegedly engaged in sexual activities with students at various locations, including at his home in Brantley County, a Long County High School classroom and a hotel in Savannah.
At the time of his arrest in 2016, Loredo was facing similar charges in other jurisdictions.
According to Chatham County court records he also has been charged with two counts of sexual assault on a person in custody and is set to be arraigned on those charges Feb. 27 before Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot.
Loredo was initially denied bond in Long County during his first appearance in April. In November bond was set to $50,000 cash or $100,000 property.
Atlantic Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Hugh Ridgway announced that the state and Clark had agreed to bond being set at $35,000 cash. The judge accepted the agreement.