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Goldsboro High School Band Director Accused Of Having Sex With Students

Posted December 7, 2000

— A band director at Goldsboro High School faces several charges of having sex with minors.

Ron Baxter, 26, faces six felony counts of having sex with a juvenile. Court papers indicate two girls, both students at Goldsboro High School, were involved. Students say they are surprised about the developments.

"You don't usually hear about a teacher doing something like that. I'm pretty sure it was a surprise to most people," says student Rob Mitchell.

According to the search warrant, one of the girls said she and Baxter had been intimate every week for the past year. The incidents allegedly took place at the school and Baxter's home.

Both girls say Baxter took them to his house on several occasions, where he would show them pornographic video and then engage in sexual activity.

Chad Pheasant, Baxter's next-door neighbor, says he was shocked to hear the news about his neighbor.

"I never would have suspected anything from him. He seemed like a very nice guy," he says. "It kind of scares me too, because it's something that you would not expect in a neighborhood like this."

Baxter resigned at the school's band director earlier in the week after Wayne County school officials heard the allegations and suspended him with pay. Two days later, he was arrested.

School officials say counselors are in place if students need to talk about what happened.

"In the event that students at Goldsboro High School, particularly the students of the instructor, need counseling, we will certainly provide that," says Olivia Pierce of Wayne County Public Schools.

Baxter's roommate is also a band director at Eastern Wayne High School. He was only charged with possession of a marijuana plant.


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