A Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school band teacher has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a student.
Anthony Gonzalez, age 25, was arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police department and turned over to Charlotte Mecklenburg police last Friday afternoon at 2 pm.
Gonzalez was charged with one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a student. The victim is allegedly a 16-year-old female student at the school.
A $5,000 secured bond was issued for Gonzalez and he is being held at the Charlotte Mecklenburg County detention facility.
Gonzalez is a band teacher at Mallard Creek High School. Apparently, he has also taught English in grades 9 through 12.
Neither the school nor district officials have stated whether Gonzalez has been terminated, suspended or if he has resigned.
A statement from the school was issued to parents:
Dear Mallard Creek High School Families,
When an incident occurs involving the safety and well-being of our students, I feel it important to let you know the facts in order to inform you and to avoid miscommunication.
Anthony Gonzalez, a Mallard Creek Band instructor has been charged with one count of Felony Taking Indecent Liberties with a Student by a Teacher by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Mr. Gonzalez was arrested this afternoon by CMPD.
I want you to know that I take matters such as this seriously and will assist law enforcement in anyway necessary in this active investigation. The parents of the student involved have been contacted and is also assisting law enforcement in this case.
The safety, security and well-being of students is a top priority and the Mallard Creek High School community remains vigilant in our protection of your children.