The band director at a Tacoma-area high school has officially resigned following allegations that he was involved in inappropriate sexual conduct with a student.
According to reports, David J. Mulkins, the 36-year-old band director of ten years at Stadium High School in Tacoma, was placed on paid administrative leave March 23 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a student during the 2009-10 school year arose. School officials contacted Tacoma police upon learning of the allegations, and Pierce County prosecutors have not yet decided whether to file criminal charges.
A letter from Stadium Principal Gail Barnum to parents indicated that Mulkins’ resignation came in lieu of termination, and that the state Office of Professional Practices had been made aware of the situation.
The News Tribune reports that this is the second time this year that accusations of sexual misconduct between Stadium High School staff and students have surfaced. Former security officer and coach Donte Lipscomb was charged last winter with five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
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