Gallatin student says he kissed former band director 1st
Jan 5, 2012 03:16 PM CST
Devri DePriest was arrested in October on charges she had sex with a 16-year-old Gallatin High School student multiple times in 2010.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -
A former middle school band director and the student she is accused of having a sexual relationship with appeared in a Sumner County courtroom Thursday.
Devri DePriest was arrested in October amid accusations she had sex with a then 16-year-old student at Gallatin High School multiple times over a three-month period in 2010.
DePriest was the band director at Rucker-Stewart Middle School. She resigned a few days after her arrest.
According to police, the alleged relationship occurred while DePriest was assisting with the band program at Gallatin High School from September to November 2010.
In Thursday's hearing, the teen, a drummer for the school's marching band, told the judge he initiated the first kiss between the two and although DePriest obtained his phone number and sent him a text message first, it was he who kept the conversation going, even asking via text if she'd kiss him.
DePriest reportedly responded yes.
The Gallatin student said the first time they kissed was at the school and he met her in the parking lot outside her apartment about a week later and the two made out.
They had sex for the first time a few days later, according to the teen.
He said he would see DePriest an average of three times a week, telling his parents he was staying with friends.
All of the alleged encounters happened during football season of the student's junior year.
On one occasion, the student said the two slept together following a Friday night football game, woke up and went to a band competition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
DePriest is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure. The prosecution claims she used her authority as a band assistant to obtain his phone number.
Her defense counters that she oversaw the horns and had no direct authority over the student, who played the drums.
The judge on Thursday ruled there was enough evidence to try the case. Another hearing is set for the end of next month.