Charges dropped against Jay HS band director accused of inappropriate student relationship

Case dismissed due to insufficient evidence

By Tim Gerber - Reporter/Anchor

SAN ANTONIO - UPDATE (MAY 10, 2017):

The case against Frank Lozano was dismissed in June 2016.

Official court documents show that charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence, and Lozano was cleared of all charges.

PREVIOUSLY:

Northside Independent School District officials confirmed Monday that a longtime band director at one of its high schools resigned last week amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a minor female student.

District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said administrators at John Jay High School were alerted to the allegations against 42-year-old Frank Lozano on April 6.

"A student reported to a counselor, as well as administration, that another student was having an inappropriate relationship with this band director and provided all kinds of details," Gonzalez said. "At this point, we don't believe that it was sexual, but it was inappropriate and the details of which I don't have."

According to Gonzalez, school officials and Northside ISD police immediately began investigating the allegations, questioning Lozano about the relationship.

"The very next day he resigned amid these allegations that were made," Gonzalez said. "Because they involved a minor, we also reported this to Child Protective Services and we've involved the Northside (ISD) police department in the investigation as well."

Lozano was hired by the district to serve as the band director at John Jay in 2005. Gonzalez said during his 10 years with the district, Lozano kept a clean record.

He says the district has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

"Inappropriate relationships with students is intolerable, and you won't work here much longer after that," Gonzalez said. "All Northside teachers, just like all teachers, must pass a criminal background check before they get hired. Of course that doesn't forecast behavior, it just reports previous behavior."

Northside police continue to investigate and are looking for any other students who may have had similar interactions with Lozano.

The district has also reported the incident to the Texas Education Agency, which could revoke Lozano's teaching license.

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