A high school band director in Florida was arrested July 19 on accusations of carrying out a sexual relationship with a male student.
Jon North, 32, was arrested by police at his home in Minneola, Florida and has been charged with unlawful sexual activity with minors. He was held on $25,000 bond, which he posted hours after he was arrested, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office told The Orlando Sentinel.
North, a band teacher at Lake Minneola High School, is accused of carrying out a sexual relationship with the underage student for at least six months, and their meets took place inside the school.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. North & the Student Allegedly had Encounters in the Band Room Closet
It was a social media post that set off the school principal, though not additional information on the post was released WFTV wrote.
The Daily Commercial reported that the male teen student was interviewed by Lake Minneola Principal Linda Shepherd-Miller after she noticed the post, and he admitted to having sex with North. The teen said their relationship started in late 2015 and lasted until May 2016. Their relationship started with texting and escalated.
Shepherd-Miller reported the relationship to police, who subsequently interviewed the teen. He said the encounters continuously took place inside of a band room closet at the school. The relationship continued “until they were occurring almost every weekday for about a month,” according to the Daily Commercial.
Eventually, the relationship ceased in May 2016.
2. North Said He Stopped the Relationship When He Realized It Was Wrong
Once the allegations surfaced, North reportedly confessed to the wrongdoing and resigned from his position at the school, a voice message alert to parents said.
North was interviewed by investigators and reportedly told them he decided to stop the relationship when he realized it was wrong. He also said that his relationship with the teenage student wasn’t the only one he’s guilty of having. North said he had another “sexual situation” with a former student, noting that he was 18 when that happened.
Police are looking to interview the other man and are seeking other potential victims.
North walked out of the jail after being bonded out a few hours after he was first jailed.
3. North Was Hired When the School Opened
School officials told WFTV that North worked at the school since it opened in 2011. Before teaching at Lake Minneola, North taught at East Ridge High School, his profile on the Lake Minneola website said.
Before teaching at East Ridge, North served as a clinician in numerous musical programs in Indiana and Michigan.
4. North Graduated From College in Michigan
North graduated from Western Michigan University in 2008 with a degree in music education.
While he attended WMU, he performed with the Western Michigan Percussion Ensemble and also held leadership positions in the marching bad at the school. He was also the principal timpanist in the college’s symphonic band. While serving in that role, he traveled to China to perform in 2006.
5. He Has Many Professional Affiliations With Music Groups
North was the director of the Lake Minneola band and had affiliations with notable music associations across Florida. The list includes the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Bandmasters Association. He’s also a member of the National Association for Music Education and has spent over seven years as a member of the Percussive Arts Society.