Mesquite High School Band Director Used App to Try to Meet 13-year-old Boy for Sex, Police Say

A band director for North Mesquite High School was arrested Wednesday, accused of trying to meet a 13-year-old boy for sex.James Earl Cude, 54, was charged with online solicitation of a minor and posted $15,000 bail Thursday morning.A Dallas detective posing as a 13-year-old boy on Grindr received several messages from Cude, describing how he'd like to perform sex acts on the boy, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.The two agreed to meet at a Lakewood restaurant, where Dallas police arrested Cude.Cude has taught for more 30 years and was in his first year directing North Mesquite High School's Big Blue Band, according to a now-removed post on the school's website. He also taught music and led the wind ensemble. He is on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation, per district policy, district officials said in a letter to parents. Counselors and administrators will be available to help students."Mesquite ISD and the staff of North Mesquite share your surprise and extreme disappointment," the letter said. "The Big Blue Band has a reputation for excellence and honor — two qualities that will not be tarnished by this turn of events."He previously taught at Whitesboro High School in Grayson County.  Continue reading...

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