School band director accused of sexual abuse

48-year-old resigns, arrested on allegations dating back to early 2000s

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – A Glynn County middle school band director resigned Tuesday and was arrested Wednesday on allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the early 2000s, according to Glynn County Schools.

School officials said they were contacted by Darien police after a man contacted investigators there with allegations of sexual abuse by 48-year-old James Ray Clark Jr. that occurred in Loganville, which just east of Atlanta. Police said another person said they were sexually assaulted by Clark in the 1990s.

McIntosh County Sheriff's Office booking photo of James Ray Clark Jr.

The first victim came forward after learning Clark (pictured in McIntosch County booking photo) was a band director in the Glynn County School System, officials said. He has been the band director at Jane Macon Middle School since 2004, and has also been the assistant band director at Brunswick High School.

He was confronted about the allegations, and when probable cause was developed, he resigned Tuesday and was arrested Wednesday on charges of child molestation and attempting to commit statutory rape, officials said.

Glynn County Schools spokesman Jim Weidhaas said there is no evidence there are any victims in the school system.

"Certainly, anytime there are allegations of impropriety it's investigated, and if turns up credible evidence, you go address the employee," Weidhaas said. "That employee chose to resign at that point."

The school district has a crisis team prepared to help students or parents. The district also hopes other people will step forward if they can help.

"People need to speak up, and by doing so, things can hopefully be prevented from happening in the future," Weidhaas said.

Clark was booked into the McIntosh County jail.