Former band teacher sentenced to at least 50 years in prison for sex crimes
BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A former New Hanover County Schools teacher who was found guilty on more than a dozen counts of sex crimes involving a student is heading to prison.
Former Roland-Grise Middle School band teacher Peter Frank, 49, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 50 years in prison. He was given three consecutive sentences of 200-249 months each.
Last month, a jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before finding Frank guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual offense, four counts of statutory sex offense with a person who is 13, 14, or 15, one count of sexual activity with a student, seven counts of indecent liberties with a child and three counts of indecent liberties with a student.
On Tuesday, Frank pleaded guilty to 12 additional charges that were not part of last month’s trial.
The Rhine Law Firm civil attorneys representing Frank released a statement following his sentencing.
“It seems that sexual abuse of students has become an endemic in New Hanover County Schools,” said attorney Martin A. Ramey.
Ramey represents the survivors of the abuse in the Peter Frank and Michael Kelly civil cases, along with Mary Charles Amerson, attorney with The Lea/Schultz Law Firm.
“In just the last four year, two teachers have been convicted of dozens of accounts of felony sex crimes,” said Amerson. “Another two accused employees are dead and one is currently awaiting trial.”
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