Former band director faces charges of sex with student 2015.07.01

A former Morenci teacher was arraigned Friday in Lenawee District Court on a charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct.

Alexander John “A.J.” Garr, 28, who served as the district’s band and music director for the past three years, was charged with having sexual relations with a student. As a school staff member, Garr faces a third degree felony charge as specified by Michigan state law. If found guilty, the charge calls for imprisonment of up to 15 years.

Garr entered a not guilty plea on the charge of having sexual relations with a student under the age of 18. He asked for a court-appointed attorney.

Garr remains free on a personal recognizance bond with added stipulation that he has no contact with students from any school nor with minors younger than age 18.

Morenci Superintendent of Schools Mike McAran said the administration heard reports of alleged actions in April and had a meeting with Garr. He was placed on administrative leave April 14, as directed by school board policy, and resigned April 17 in lieu of tenure charges.

The issue was reported to the Morenci Police Department and turned over to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department. That investigation led to the arraignment before Judge Jonathan Poer.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled July 8 and a preliminary exam follows July 13.