Discovery Band Director Asks Courts to Delay Termination Hearing


John Nash

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MADISON, Ala (WHNT) – The Discovery Middle School Band Director has asked a court to delay the Madison City School’s hearing to terminate him.

John Nash, who is eligible for retirement benefits in February of 2014, argued that if the school system does not give him time to handle his criminal case, he will not be able to properly defend himself, causing him to lose his possible benefits.

Nash was placed on administrative leave with pay on July 5, 2012, according to documents submitted to the court.

John Nash, 59, is charged with a violation of Alabama’s mandatory reporting law. Police say school administrators notified them on June 28, 2012 of a possible inappropriate relationship between a 15-year-old female student and the 24-year-old Nash. Police were also informed the alleged relationship had been previously reported to the band director, who police say failed to report it to authorities as required by Alabama law.

Bradley Nash, now 26, was charged as a result of an investigation into his activity while volunteering with the band at Discovery Middle School in Madison.  He pleaded guilty to a federal charge of Possession of Child Pornography. His Madison County case involving Electronic Solicitation and Possession of Child Pornography has been waived to a grand jury.

In a court filing, John Nash asked a court to delay his termination hearing with Madison City Schools in order to give him time to handle his criminal charges.

Recently, Madison County District Judge Schuyler Richardson declared a mistrial in the criminal case against John Nash.

Judge Richardson, concerned about the youth in attendance hearing possibly lewd testimony, closed the trial to the media and public.  Brice Callaway, John Nash’s defense attorney, said Nash deserved the right to a public trial.  He said the public or media shouldn’t have been barred from attending.

According to the documents filed by John Nash’s attorney, no new trial date has been set for him.

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