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Thursday, March 14 2013, 10:07 AM EDT
UPDATE: Accused Band Director Posts Bond
LOGAN COUNTY -- The Riverside High School band director indicted on rape and sexual battery charges appeared before a Common Please judge on Wednesday.

John Timothy Shook pleaded not guilty and is currently out on $25,000 bond and his next court appearance is set for April 17.



March 12 coverage:

Band Director Indicted on Rape, Sexual Battery Charges

LOGAN COUNTY -- The Riverside High School band director has been indicted on rape and sexual battery charges after being accused of inappropriate relationships with students.

John Timothy Shook was indicted Tuesday on one count of rape, five counts of sexual battery, one count of attempted sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition.

The allegations of rape and sexual batter have shocked and sadden this Logan County community.

Shook was the band instructor for Riverside Middle and High School.

Melissa Herford has a 13-year-old daughter who plays in the band at Riverside Middle and she was very upset when she heard about Shook's charges.

"Very disgusted, very disgusted," said Herford.  "If I'd thought that he was doing anything like that with her, I would have pulled her out of band, but I never once had the thought of her being messed with, she never showed any signs of anything like that," said Herford.

Shook was a popular teacher at Riverside for three years, tripling the band membership while he was there.

"The band kids are just so passionate, so talented they were just a close knit unit it just has rocked their core at this point," said Superintendent of Riverside School's Scott Mann.

On February 4, Shook was placed on paid administrative leave for classroom misconduct. After doing some digging, the Logan County Prosecutor's Office became aware of alleged sexual acts.

Their investigation revealed Shook, 24, would give his students a birthday spanking with a paddle and make inappropriate sexual references.

"Very angry that they can actually let someone in the school who would do such a thing," Herford stressed.

However, school officials say they did a background check on Shook and nothing came up. Mann says they may have to change that process. 

"That process may have to change, not just the normal checks, we may have to make sure, make the extra calls and stuff," he said.

Police arrested Shook early Tuesday morning and booked him into the
Logan County Jail. He will be arraigned at Logan County Common Please
Court at 9:00 a.m.

Investigators said they are concerned there might be other victims and are encouraging them to come forward. They ask any potential victims to call the Logan County Sheriff's Office at 937-592-5731.UPDATE: Accused Band Director Posts Bond

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