A former Nolan Catholic High School music teacher was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two 10-year probated sentences after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child charges in Winnsboro, Texas.
The Navasota Examiner reports that Sulphur Springs resident Paul Bramlett, 45, was saved from a possible sentence of three consecutive life sentences for eight counts of sexual assualt and indecency with a child by a petition and numerous letters of support from community members and parents of Winnsboro High School band students.
A 15-year-old Winnsboro High School student told his parents in October 2009 that Bramlett sexually assaulted him off campus during two separate incidents, according to Martin Braddy, District Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District.
Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office discovered six alleged incidents of sexual assault and indecency after a former Navasota High School band student moved in with Bramlett between 2006 and 2007.
The teen's parents agreed to allow Bramlett, who was NHS band director at the time, to take the 16-year-old into his home after they had family problems.
Bramlett moved with the teen to Franklin County, where the alleged assaults are said to have occurred.
Bramlett was arrested March 2 at his Franklin County home and was released on $400,000 bail. He doesn't have a prior criminal history, Braddy said.
He had been with the Winnsboro Independent School District since July 2006 and was placed on paid leave in November 2009. After he pled guilty to the charges, Bramlett surrendered his teaching certificate and was fired by the school district's Board of Trustees.
Before becoming band director for Winnsboro High School, he taught band in Keller ISD, Wichita Falls ISD and Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, according to his bio on the WISD band website.