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Former Band Director Speaks Out About Texts

COVINGTON, Ky. (Larry Davis/ Hannah Jones) -- A band director who resigned after an investigation into text messages sent to a female student defends himself again.

Jared Murray resigned from Holmes High School after the girl's mother went to school administrators and police.  In those texts, Murray tells the girl he loves her.

Murray went on the defensive a day after the family's attorney released the text messages.  Local 12 news was the first to bring you those messages HERE.  Reporter Larry Davis takes a look at what Murray is saying now.

The texts have raised a lot of questions, and more than a few eyebrows.  Jared Murray says that he did nothing wrong and the texts were taken out of context.

He says, "There was an entire conversation that took place in that conversation not shown."

With is attorney by his side, Murray was again defending himself.  One day after the girl's mother and her attorney released copies of the texts.

On several occasions Murray told the 15-year-old girl that he loved her.

He says he tell all the kids he loves them like they are his own children.  Murray says he and the girl had a father-daughter type relationship.  In other texts he made references to a smack on the ass and moving in.  An offer he says he has made to all students.

"They want to get away for a few days they can come stay with my wife and I.  And that way they can just get away from whatever they need to get away from, sit, chill out."

Murray says his wife is OK with that, but not OK with all that has transpired recently. 

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney says that while these texts are alarming, they are not illegal. 

Murray says he would like to be a teacher again and says this experience has him re-evaluating how he will communicate with students and parents in the future.


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