Missouri band director charged with sexual contact with student

Sex Crime

MEXICO, Mo. (AP) – A high school band director in Missouri has been charged with inappropriately touching a student.

Forty-three-year-old Robert Cortez, of Mexico, Missouri, was charged Thursday in Audrain County with two counts of having sexual contact with a student. His attorney, James Clampitt, declined to discuss the case with The Associated Press.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Cortez has been the band director at Mexico High School.

The Mexico Public Safety Department said in a news release that a student reported having been touched inappropriately by Cortez on Monday. The student also reported incidents on other occasions and in several jurisdictions, but never on school property or at a school event.

Cortez has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.