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Colorado Springs high school band coach accused of ‘inappropriate’ sexual acts

By Debbie Kelley Updated: April 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm

David Hurd, a contract band coach, has been arrested on charges of multiple counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child and obscenity, after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student at Air Academy High School.

An El Paso County Sheriff's school resource officer in early February received a tip of a possible inappropriate relationship.

An investigation that included interviews and social media reviews resulted in the Sheriff's Office obtaining an arrest warrant Friday for Hurd, who lives in the Denver area.

Sheriff's deputies and Aurora police arrested Hurd, 38, on Friday. He was booked into the Aurora City Jail on a $50,000 bond. Police also searched his residence.

Academy School District 20 has hired Hurd for several years to work with the marching bands at Air Academy and Liberty high schools on a year-to-year basis, said spokeswoman Nanette Anderson.

He underwent a background check in 2004 before D-20 schools contracted with him, she said, as is protocol for any volunteer or staff member.

The background check came back clear, Anderson said.

D-20 renewed Hurd's contract last fall, she said.

"As soon as the allegations came to light and the information was turned over to the Sheriff's Office, he ceased to be in any of our schools and did not interact with any more of our students," Anderson said.

"We're grateful to the Sheriff's Office to respond so quickly to investigate this thoroughly."

Air Academy High Principal Toria McGill sent a letter to parents Monday, saying she spoke to band students directly, "and we will continue to offer our support to our band families."

Hurd has contracted with many school districts across the nation, according to police.

On the website Dynamic Marching and Music, Hurd is described as "a highly sought after drill designer, visual instructor, consultant and judge throughout Colorado."

In addition to contracting as the drill designer and visual caption head for Air Academy and Liberty high schools, he also worked for Legend High School in Douglas County School District RE-1.

His talents are listed as "consultation, design and writing drill for high school bands, percussion ensembles and winter guards."

He also is in his seventh season as a judge for the Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association, according to the group's website. Hurd became affiliated with the website, a resource for teachers, in 2006, and wrote marching band drills for groups across the country, said Jeff Young, president.

Air Academy had been Hurd's primary source of teaching for a while, Young said.

In the past two years, two other sexual misconduct cases at Liberty High School have occurred. Former basketball coach Travis Clark was arrested in 2012 on allegations that he and a student engaged in oral sex.

In December, David Kindig, a 21-year-old temporary assistant football coach, was arrested on suspicion of coaxing a 15-year-old student into an intimate relationship.

Officials are looking for other possible victims in the Hurd case. Anyone with information is asked to call 390-5555.

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