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Ex-high school band director faces sex charges

Posted March 24, 2010 12:18 p.m. EDT
Updated March 24, 2010 1:33 p.m. EDT

— A former band director at West Johnston High School was charged late Tuesday with sexually exploiting a student while at the school, authorities said.

Mitchell Lance Britt, 38, was arrested in Bethlehem, Pa., where he recently moved. He was charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual offense with a student. Warrants have been issued charging him with four more counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three more counts of sexual offense with a student.

Authorities said Britt had sex with at least one 17-year-old student and took explicit pictures of the student. The alleged activities occurred between October and December 2008, according to arrest warrants, and authorities said they took place at school and at Britt's former residence in Four Oaks.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office began looking into allegations against Britt last month, and Sheriff Steve Bizzell said the FBI is assisting in the case because investigators believe some of the alleged crimes occurred out of state during school band events.

Britt resigned from West Johnston High last November after seven years at the school.