Gwinnett County band teacher charged with sexual assault

- A band teacher at South Gwinnett High School has been charged with four counts of sexual assault after being accused of inappropriate relationships with multiple students, according to Gwinnett County police.

Villie Jones Sr., 42, was arrested Thursday night after he resigned from the school earlier in the day, according to police. A student first reported the incident to Snellville City Police on Tuesday.

Police say they began investigating the case as soon as they were notified. According to the police report, an 18-year-old student accused Jones of raping her on multiple occasions In addition, she named other students who the teacher allegedly had sexual relationships with, according to the police report.

Jones was employed at South Gwinnett High School since July 29, 2014.

South Gwinnett High School principal Monique Lee sent the following letter to parents after the accusations were made:

Dear Parents/Guardians of South Gwinnett High School Students,

I wanted to communicate with you about a police investigation regarding allegations that a teacher at our school has had an inappropriate relationship with several students. As this has been and continues to be an active police investigation there are not many details we can share. However, I did want to share with you that this individual has not been at our school since the beginning of the investigation on Wednesday. It is my understanding that the teacher has been taken into custody by police. Prior to his arrest, he submitted resignation to Gwinnett County Public Schools. We will move quickly to find a replacement for his position so that our students can finish the year and be prepared for the many end-of-year events that are planned.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school. I share with you that as an educator and a South Gwinnett parent myself these allegations are very disturbing. This type of behavior between a teacher and students is not acceptable. Our students, our community, and the teaching profession deserve better.

Sincerely,

Monique Lee,

Principal

 

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