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Former TRM band director arrested on sex charge involving student

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A former T.R. Miller High School band director was arrested Wednesday for allegedly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

It is the first charge in a larger criminal investigation involving Jeffery Lance Gainous, said Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin.

Ganious, 32, was a six-year employee of the Brewton City School System. He left in June to take a position at Thomas County Central High School in Georgia.

McGougin said two Brewton Police Department investigators traveled to Georgia Wednesday morning to interview Gainous and took him into custody.

“Right now, we are in the preliminary stages of the investigation,” McGougin said. “Mr. Gainous is charged with a class B felony at this point and is being brought back to Alabama to allow investigators to fully move forward with the case.”

McGougin said additional charges are forthcoming; however, he declined to comment on the specifics of the case as it remains under investigation.