A former assistant band director at Long County High School has been arrested and charged with engaging in sexual misconduct with students, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Loredo, 26, was arrested Wednesday night at his home in Brantley County and charged with one count of sexual assault against a person in custody, the GBI said in a news release.
Brantley County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Craig Pittman said Loredo made his first court appearance Thursday morning and was remanded to the Brantley County Jail without bond.
On Friday, Loredo made his first court appearance in Long County on another count of sexual assault against a person in custody. He was remanded back to the Brantley County Jail, again without bond.
The Long County Sheriff’s Office on April 13 requested the GBI Region 14 Office’s assistance on allegations that Loredo was engaging in sexual misconduct with students, according to the GBI.
According to an incident report filed by a friend of one of the girls involved of an improper relationship with a school official, it was reported April 12 to the Sheriff’s Office that Loredo had been having sexual relations with several female students.
Long County sheriff’s Detective Nicky Anderson requested the GBI assist in the investigation because it spanned several counties. He said Loredo is under investigation for two female students under his charge in which sexual activity occurred in the county. There is also another female student with whom Loredo is alleged to have had sexual relations, but Anderson said that occurred outside Long County. The girls age range from 17 to 18, Anderson said.
The GBI’s news release says additional warrants are forthcoming in several jurisdictions where the various incidents are said to have occurred, include Loredo’s home, a Long County High classroom and a hotel while attending a band function.
The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Long and Brantley county sheriff’s offices and GBI.
Long County School System Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters said recently that Loredo no longer works for the district, though the superintendent did not say whether Loredo resigned or was terminated.