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Former Thomas Band director pleads guilty in AL sex case

BREWTON, Ala. -  The A. P. and WKRG-TV say that former Thomas County Central High School band director Lance Gainous, has pleaded guilty in an Alabama student sex case.

Gainous took a plea deal Friday in Escambia County to one felony and two misdemeanors, and won't face additional charges. He will serve three-years in the Escambia Co. Jail. 

District Attorney Stephen Billy says it was the best deal for everyone involved. Gainous will be a sex offender the rest of his life and "won't be around a school system or children," the D.A. said.

Gainous was working at Thomas Co. Central when prosecutors accused him of having sex with at least eight students at T. R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama.

He was taken into custody in Thomasville in August by Brewton Police, on a charge of a 'School Employee Engaging in a Sex Act.'

Police said Gainous confessed to tying up the girls and gagging them in the sex acts at the school band room and at his home.

Officials said this is the first charge in a large criminal investigation involving Gainous, who was previously employed with the Brewton City School System for six years. He resigned in June to take a position with Thomas County Central High School.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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