An Edmond Memorial High School band director resigned last spring after police and school officials began investigating allegations of a relationship between the band teacher and a student. Now, Cameron Kyle Kedy, 28, has been arrested and charged in connection with the allegations.
Kedy was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail this morning on a complaint of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology. Bond is set at $15,000.
Reports say the case began when the parents of a 17-year-old girl noticed inappropriate text messages from the teacher on their daughter's phone. The girl allegedly admitted that she was involved in a sexual relationship with the band director.
A detective investigating the claim said that Kedy initially denied even knowing the girl, but later admitted that he and the teen had been communicating over the instant messaging app Kik. The detective says that the teacher said the two made up screen names so that no one would suspect their relationship. When investigators allegedly found deleted messages talking about the teen spending the night at Kedy's house, they say he admitted that the girl had spent the night at his home on several occasions and even slept in his bed, but he denied having a sexual relationship with her.
Police say the relationship began when the girl was 16 and was discovered when she was 17. The girl is now 18.
Edmond school officials say that they do not believe any other students were involved in the allegations against the band director, but they are encouraging others to come forward if the man contacted them inappropriately.
Age of Consent Laws in Oklahoma
We have discussed this several times before, but it clearly bears repeating: Although the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, no student under the age of 20 can legally consent to sexual contact or communication with a school employee aged 18 or older. This applies to not only teachers and administrators, but also to any employee of the same school system the minor attends. Depending on the degree of sexual contact, even with a willing partner, the act could be charged as sexual battery, forcible sodomy, rape by instrumentation, or second degree rape.
Kedy is likely to face additional charges as the investigation continues.
Soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology (21 O.S. § 1040.13a) is a felony sex crime, even if no sexual contact results from the solicitation. The maximum penalty for online solicitation of a minor is 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. It is a Level 2 sex offense, which means that a person convicted of this crime would be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.
Each of the aforementioned sex offenses involving actual physical contact are Level 3 offenses, requiring lifetime registration as an Oklahoma Sex Offender.
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