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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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2016 years 2 months ago

I am not here to judge and say whether is he guilty or innocent. All I can say, however, is I have known Mark Riel since 2000 and I am a former student of his from Pender County. He is a wonderful teacher, the best I have ever had by far. Taught me so much more than music — he taught me about fair play, how to work as a team, and what is really important out of life. When I first met him, I had problems that I needed to work through. Mark Riel helped me become a better… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Mr. Hollard, are you for real???? No way could someone be so ignorant in this day and time as you have appeared to be. “Backwoods Lelandites”!! “Candid Camera, Where Are Though’t Cameras??”

Don Griffin
2016 years 2 months ago

It is obvious, given your poor grammar and rush to convict this teacher before knowing the facts, that you possess an ignorance that far surpasses that of most mortal beings. As for your comment on the Leland population I am thoroughly amazed that anyone could pigeon hole an entire community so expertly as you have done Mrs. Holland, a proud moment for you to be sure. Adolph would have been very proud of you indeed.

2016 years 2 months ago

Teachers know what kinds of things don’t need to be said. If he was joking around, he shouldn’t have done it. You don’t say inapropriate jokes to children… no matter who the student is. I’m a teacher, and i don’t say inappropriate things to my little cousin at school. Shoot… I don’t even give him a full frontal hug at school.

If he was sending inappropriate text messages to a student, he should be fired.
If he was having a relationship with a student, he should be in jail.
I kinda doubt that an iPhone app was used. … Read more »

Danny Alvis
2016 years 2 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

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