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|HIV-positive Augusta man charged with molesting teen boy|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 15 April 2011 16:24|
An HIV-positive Augusta assistant band director is behind bars for allegedly coercing a 15-year old in having sex with him.
Travis Omari McCauley, 32, was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child molestation and reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, McCauley was a friend of the family of the 15-year old male. McCauley was also assistant band director of the Central Savannah River Area All-Star Band, which the teen was a member.
Police say that it was McCauley's relationship with the teen's family that brought the two together and not the relationship they had through the band.
"It evolved because of the relationship the victim had with the defendant, not because of the band," said Richmond County Sheriff Investigator Mark Dobbins.
The Augusta Chronicle said the victim's parents became wary of the relationship between their son and Dobbins and confronted McCauley about it. McCauley eventually told them he did have inappropriate contact with the teen.
The parent's were also concerned because they knew McCauley was HIV-positive, the newspaper reported. The boy did not know McCauley was HIV-positive.
According to the Richmond Sheriff's Office, McCauley and the teen engaged in sexual acts four times over the past two months.
An investigation is ongoing.
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