August 21, 2014
Thomasville, GA - Police from Alabama spent Thursday morning at Thomas County Central High School investigating the case of former band director Jeffrey Gainous.
He was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he had sex with students at his previous school, T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama.
"When we started investigating it we realized there was some sexual activity that was taking place with the two victims and that we also learned there were even more victims possibly," said LT. Brock Holt, Brewton Police Department.
LT. Holt said the case involved eight high school girls ages 15 to 17 during a three year span at T.R. Miller High.
"The allegations from most of the juveniles were in a sexual nature of he was basically tying them up and performing a sexual fantasy in his mind, he was taking pictures of them, video tapes of them," said LT. Holt.
Thomas County Schools said they hired Gainous in July.
"At the time he was hired we did a very thorough background check, we did a criminal background check, we thoroughly checked references. There was absolutely no hint of any kind of suspicion of this kind of activity at all when he was hired," said Dr. Dusty Kornegay, Thomas County School Superintendent.
Thomas County School told us there have been no allegations of Gainous having sexual relations with students at Thomas County Central.
Gainous was schedule to be taken back to Alabama this afternoon to face charges.
News Release: WKRG
August 21, 2014
Authorities tell News 5 that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, was arrested Wednesday for having sex with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years.
Officials say Gainous is accused of tying up the teenage girls and gagging them using ropes and other bondage devices. The sexual acts took place is the band room and several other locations, News 5 is told.
Additionally, News 5 is told Gainous has confessed to the acts and showed no remorse during his confession.
The victims were between the ages of 15 and 17 at the time of the accused acts. At least one woman, now 20-years-old, came forward recently to help spur an investigation, authorities added.
Gainous held the band director job at T.R. Miller High School before leaving in June to take a position at Thomas County Central High School in Georgia.
The bio on the Thomas County Central High School website for Gainous reads as follows:
"Gainous comes to Thomas County School System from T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, where he served as band director since being hired in 2008. His success at T.R. Miller included earning straight superior ratings, receiving “Best in Class” awards, and being selected and performing for half time at the NCAAF “BCS” Championship game in New Orleans. The band program flourished under his supervision, growing from 70 to more than 100 musicians at a school enrollment of only 340."
Gainous faces one count of a school employee engaging in a sexual act with a student, though officials say additional charges are pending.
Authorities say Gainous is currently being extradited from Georgia back to Alabama.
News 5 is told Gainous is at the present time, a married man.