Former Miller teacher hit with sex charges

Published 6:37pm Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Brewton judge Monday set a $750,000 bond, for charges against the former T.R. Miller band director arrested last Wednesday for an inappropriate sexual relationship with at least one student.

At the end of Friday, Jeffrey Lance Gainous, 32, was being held on a $350,000 bond for 12 charges including being a school employee and having sexual contact with a student under 19; ethics violations since the school property was used during the alleged crimes; sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment.
On Monday, Judge Jeff White added an additional 10 charges of the same nature to the list.

Gainous, or “Mr. G.” as he was known to students, is accused of having “sexting” conversations with at least six victims, as well as well as tying up at least two teenagers and gagging them using ropes and other bondage devices during sex. Sexting involves sharing text messages or emails of a sexual nature.
Incidents reportedly occurred inside the school band room and at Gainous’ former home in Brewton.

In court Monday, White read affidavits alleging Gainous allegedly slapped and kissed “Jane Doe” during majorette tryouts in 2012; tied her wrists in the band room while attempting to kiss her, as well as left notes in her purse and locker; restrained another “Jane Doe” in May 2014 using ropes and subjected her to “sexual contact by forcible compulsion” in June 2014.

“It’s all quite disturbing,” White said of the charges. “My job is two-fold. I have to make sure you show up for court and to protect the community and the public. Therefore, I set your bond at $750,000.”
Gainous was given leave to travel to his parents’ home in Cairo, Ga., to await trial once making bond. He was instructed to have no contact with his victims or other minors other than his own children.

As of press time Tuesday, Gainous had not posted bail.
Gainous left T.R. Miller after six years to head the band program at Thomas County (Ga.) Central High School in June. He was terminated from the system upon his arrest.

This article was written by Brewton Standard publisher Stephanie Nelson.

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