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Former band director out on bond, set for Monday court appearance

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The former band director at Heritage Junior Senior High School has bonded out of jail and awaits a court hearing set for next Monday.

Josiah Pfenning was arrested on Thursday and charged with two felony sex crimes: child seduction and possession of child pornography.

His arrest happened about four months after his departure from his position at Heritage.

In August, a student there reported that Pfenning had engaged in a physical relationship with her -- something that began with hugs and kisses but evolved to include intimate contact and nude photography.

The girl, who was 16 years old, said it took place on campus over several months.

In September, ABC21 spoke exclusively with a woman who also claimed she was the victim of sexual misconduct by Pfenning when she was 14 years old.

He was 18 at the time.

The woman contacted Heritage officials to inform them of her experience one year before the more recent incident. He remained on staff.

As ABC21 has reported, Pfenning's initial legal matter -- from 2007 -- appears to have been expunged.

Pfenning is scheduled to appear in an Allen County courtroom at 8 a.m. on Monday.

A spokesperson for the East Allen County Schools system said the district has been cooperating with investigators.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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