LEESBURG, Fla. — The school board in Lake County will decide the fate of the band director at Leesburg High School.
Gabriel Fielder put in his resignation after a former student accused him of leading a “cult-like” group.
Fielder is requesting a chance to resign in lieu of termination. The school board will decide whether to accept the request.
It comes after a report made to Leesburg police by a former student claimed Fielder was a member of a secret society at the high school called the Elder Council.
State records show Fielder and a guidance counselor named Leonardo Finelli started a nonprofit in 2019.
It had the same name as the alleged secret society, The Elder Council Inc.
The student claims that when he was 17 and in the secret society, Finelli sent him sexually explicit messages and asked to meet up with him.
Finelli already resigned instead of being fired.
Finelli and Fielder have not been charged with a crime.
The school board is set to meet at 6 p.m. We will keep you updated with what happens.
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