Teacher tried to groom student in gay for pay scheme with bank cards and laptops

A former high school band director has been charged with sexual misconduct in relation to his behaviour towards at least one student.

Brandon Neil Sams, 46, has been accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor and grooming the boy while showering him with expensive gifts.

In a press release, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas said: "According to the complaint and information presented in court, from March 2022 through September 2022, Sams, while serving as a band instructor at Texas High School, allegedly attempted to entice or persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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"On September 26, 2022, Sams allegedly attempted to obstruct or conceal information from law enforcement."

The latter date was also when the boy's parents informed Texas High School's administrators that they believed Sams was "grooming" their son for a sexual relationship.

Police officers subsequently launched an investigation with the parents reportedly supplying them with gifts they claimed Sams had given their son, including a laptop, a credit card and a debit card.

WhatsApp messages from Sams to the boy were also handed over to the cops by the parents, which allegedly stated that the laptop had been gifted "in exchange for a sexually graphic photo".

Another reportedly "speaks of 'gay for pay'" with the boy.

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Officers also revealed that, when they asked to look at Sams' phone, he became "visibly nervous", hastily leaving the building before a warrant could be issued to search the device.

When an officer followed him to the car park and told him he had to stay in the building, Sams allegedly then fled the scene, only to be taken into custody and charged with the crime of evading police having been found back at home.

Sams allegedly told detectives he had thrown the phone out of the passenger window of his car while driving on Interstate 30, but officers were unable to locate it after searching the area.

A subsequent search of his house failed to find the device too.

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