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Lakewood HS band director faces sex charges

(Lakewood) — The band director at Lakewood high school has been charged with having sexual contact with a student at a park.

27-year-old Lakewood High School band director Nathanial Harris is facing a charge of sexual battery. He's accused of sexual contact with a student Tuesday in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

The school district said in a press release that it is working with police and will conduct an internal investigation. Superintendent Jeff Patterson says "our thoughts are with the student and the student's family."

Professionals will be on hand to offer students counseling and support on Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13, from 8:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2 at Lakewood High School.  

Harris was placed on administrative leave, banned from returning to district property and barred from having contact with students. He has not been arraigned, and court records don't include any attorney information.

(Photo of Harris courtesy Cleveland Metroparks Rangers)

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