Ex-Roland Grise band teacher indicted on 17 sex crime charges

Ex-Roland Grise band teacher indicted on 17 sex crime charges
Peter Frank (Source: New Hanover County Detention Center)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Peter Frank, the former band director at Roland-Grise Middle School, was indicted by a New Hanover County grand jury on 17 child sex crime charges, according to Attorney General Josh Stein’s Office.

While Tuesday’s indictment is only related to one victim, Frank now faces charges for crimes connected to a total of seven different students.

Frank was indicted on two charges of first-degree sexual offense, statutory sex offense with a person who is 13, 14, or 15, three counts of sexual activity with a student, seven counts of indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent liberties with a student.

The indictment alleges that Frank committed these crimes during his tenure at Roland-Grise Middle School in Wilmington and his victim was a minor and a student at the same school. The incidents allegedly occurred between September 1998 and August 2000.

The indictment announced Tuesday brings Frank’s total victim count up to seven people; the charges filed against him in January in New Hanover County involve six other victims and are connected to crimes that allegedly took place from 2003 to 2019.

Frank was initially arrested on Jan. 24 and eventually fired by the New Hanover County Board of Education on Feb. 15, following a lengthy closed-session meeting.

Frank is currently in custody in the New Hanover County Jail and under a $750,000 bond on six counts of indecent liberties with a child and six counts of indecent liberties with a student by a teacher in a separate case.

Attorney General Stein’s Special Prosecutions Section was referred this criminal case for prosecution by New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation of this case.

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