West Charlotte High band director charged with indecent liberties with student

- A West Charlotte High School band director/teacher has been charged with indecent liberties with a student, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

On Sunday morning Duncan Gray, 58, was arrested without incident and taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.

The investigation began on Monday, April 11, 2016 when detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit were notified by CMPD detectives of a sexual assault at the high school.

Detectives spoke with the victim who told them several years ago when he was a student and a member of the band at West Charlotte High he was sexually assaulted by Gray, who was the band director.

The assault took place inside the school, according to the victim. 

CMS says Gray was put on Administrative leave from March 10-28 of 2011.

He is suspended with pay effective April 18, 2016 according to CMS. He's out of jail on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

Gray's first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., according to the DA's office.

The principal of the school released the following statement:

"This is principal Barnes-Jones with an important message. A CMPD investigation has resulted in the felony arrest and suspension of the West Charlotte band director. We will have counselors offering support on campus for any student who would like to speak to someone. Our team is committed to providing a continued educational atmosphere at West Charlotte, thank you for your support."

This remains an ongoing, active investigation. 

Anyone who may have been victimized or has information about this investigation should contact (704) 336-2795 and speak directly with Detective Sobol. 

Statement from Johnson C. Smith University: 

"Duncan C. Gray was employed at Johnson C. Smith University from August 1, 1986 until June 30, 2004, as Instructor of Music/Director of Bands. The University does not comment on personnel matters other than to confirm dates of employment."

 

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