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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A well known high school band director is off the job tonight after landing in jail over the weekend. North Brunswick’s Mark Riel is on administrative leave after allegations surfaced against him.

Riel’s arrest was unexpected to most parents with kids at North Brunswick High. Many parents found out about the sexting allegations Monday morning.

“I was shocked, very shocked,” Linda Winters, who’s grandchild goes to NBHS, said.

Deputies arrested Riel and charged with one count of indecent liberties with a minor after allegedly sending what investigators called an inappropriate text message to a student.

“Upon that arrest and that notification we immediately began an investigation in which resulted in his suspension with pay,” Brunswick Co. Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

The district won’t say much more. It would not say if the alleged sexting is an isolated incident or who reported riel in the first place.

We talked with a North Brunswick freshman monday who’s close to Riel. The boy was completely unaware of his band director’s arrest.

“He’s kind have been a father to me,” the boy said. “I really do love him. How do you think others in the band will take it? I think they’ll take it the same way. Shock? Yeah.”

The school district says Riel has been working as the band director at North Brunswick High since 2005. According to the band’s Facebook fan page Riel became a father in early December.

Though the district won’t say how serious the allegations against Riel may be, it is clear that any allegations against a teacher will be looked into quickly.

“It is important to us that we handle things very expeditiously,” Swencki said.

Riel is out of jail under $25,000 secured bond. We did not find a phone number for him, but we did reach out to riel online to see if he had any comment on the recent allegations. So far we have not heard back from him.

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65 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Campus reacts to band director’s ‘sexting’ arrest"

L. Mayers
2015 years 10 months ago

When I was 13 my Dad passed away & from that moment on I have stayed busy… then, in 1999, I became involved in everything I could @ school & now I work 2 jobs. Its the way I coep w/ things. He was one of very few teachers that was there for me. He was our choir director & he taught me to sing. At the end of that yr I tried out for our schools best group & the next yr I was part of it! He taught me to work hard w/ our groups practices after school… & showed us where hard work would get us… performances all over the county & a step above the rest as we entered high school chorus. He changed my life for the better, music (both singing & playing) became my life as a tween-teen! I listened to music to deal w/ whatever… being sick, being angry, anything… it always made me feel better. And HE was the one that turned that “like” of music into a “love” of music. He is an awesome teacher, the best music teacher I ever had & I hate that he has done this because now so many kids are going to miss out on knowing what its like to have him as a teacher…. just 1 lapse in judgement has changed his whole life

Danny Alvis
2015 years 10 months ago

Only in Brunswick County. If you buy voii stock you can make bail.
I am the Dan Man from Alvis and I have spoken.
The Dan Man

2015 years 10 months ago

Is this another one of those situations where you guys defending this alleged molester says “the girl knows exactly what she was doing?” If so, you backwoods lelandites need to stay on the other side of the bridge and keep that crap in Leland. Im really not suprised to see everyone jumping on the teachers bandwagon though. If he did it, he need to lose his job. I won’t say jail unless it comes out that he say an inappropriate relationship with this underage girl. All of you need to grow up and look at this in an adult manner.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’ve know Mark for several years and think alot of him and support him in everyway. I hope that the truth will come out soon and his life as well as the “life” of NBHS can go back to normal.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is happening all over the country. Go to http://www.schoolteachernews.com and click on the Scandal page. They also have a map of where the incidents have taken place. Already this year they have found over a 25 of these incidents. In 2010 they found over 400 of these kinds of cases.


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