Former LCPS band director accused of making sexual advances toward students
According to an investigative report by Duval County School Police, Damron made statements about having relationships with former Dominion students and having to leave the school after being accused of sexual harassment.
Damron, who started working as a band director at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, Fla., in August 2015, is accused of showing “extremely poor judgement” by using inappropriate language with students by Duval County Public Schools. An attorney representing Damron has denied the allegations, according to The Florida Times-Union, who first reported Damron’s resignation. Duval County School Police did not issue an arrest due to “insufficient probable cause.” An official from the Florida State Attorney’s Office would not confirm or deny an investigation into the teacher.
Loudoun County Public Schools officials confirmed Damron worked at Dominion from fall 2012 until January 2015. According to the Times-Union, the teacher left Dominion for “personal reasons.” Wayde Byard, public information officer for Loudoun County schools, said he could not disclose the reason for Damron’s exit.
“It is the practice of Loudoun County Public Schools not to comment on matters involving personnel,” Byard said.
According to the Duval County investigative report, Damron told an adult band volunteer “that he left his previous employment due to an allegation by a student of some sort of sexual harassment.” Damron told the band volunteer “it was due to ‘similar allegations,’” but never told him “whether there was any truth in the allegations,” according to the report.
Multiple Stanton students and teachers told Duval County school officials Damron made references to relationships with former students. One teacher said Damron told him one of the relationships was with a former Dominion student, according to the report.
“Mr. Damron told [a teacher] that at his previous school, Dominion High School, Loudoun County, Virginia, he had a previous band student come back the following year as an instructor,” reads the report. “He admitted to having slept with that previous student, after he came back as an instructor.”
Damron showed pictures of former students he had relationships with to Stanton students, according to the report.
“Mr. Damron pointed to two young men in separate pictures in band uniforms,” reads the report. “He stated that he had had two-year relationships with each of them.”
Damron told a Stanton student he “slept with both of them before,” according to the report. One of the students told Duval County school officials he thought Damron meant he started the relationships after the students graduated and that they looked to be around 18 years old in the photo.
A Loudoun resident who identifies herself as an employee of Loudoun County Public Schools on her Facebook profile commented on the Times-Union article with allegations Damron showed similar behavior at Dominion.
“This happened at Dominion too,” reads the comment. “Students complained to the administration on multiple occasions about his lewd behavior only to have it not taken seriously. Many students discussed his behavior with the administration but there was never enough proof to have their opinions taken seriously.”
The Loudoun resident continued, “Many students dropped band because of him. So many students suffered because of him and his unprofessional and inappropriate comments. We were so thankful when he left Dominion. So sorry he came there and affected so many more young students.”
Damron was reprimanded by Duval County schools twice in October 2015 for allegedly verbally abusing students and making sexual comments to them, according to the report. The school system launched a formal investigation in September after a mother reported Damron was allegedly making sexual advances toward her son.
According to the report, the mother showed school officials screenshots of messages between Damron and her son. Damron asked the student to delete the messages “for both our protection,” according to the report.
The student told Duval County school officials that Damron asked him to change into new band uniform pants in front of him and said “let’s get naked” loud enough for other students to hear. Another student confirmed he heard Damron make the statement, according to the report.
Damron allegedly ran his finger up the student’s pants toward his genitals when he tried them on, according to the report.
Damron also worked at James Hubert Blake High School in Rockville, Md., from 2002 until he resigned in Aug. 2012, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.
Belkis Plata, Damron’s attorney, told the Times-Mirror she had “no comment” on the allegations against her client.
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