GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — A former Palisade High School teacher and band director has recently been arrested on accusations of violating Title IX by sexually harassing a former student.

46-year-old Jeff Mason resigned after being accused of several instances of sexual assault during his time as a band teacher at Palisade High School. Mason is now accused of attempting to influence a public servant and two counts of first-degree official misconduct.

The Title IX investigation earlier this summer suggests several cases of inappropriate behavior between Mason towards a former student, including but not limited to:

  • Giving her unwanted, long hugs
  • Visiting her home without her parents’ knowledge
  • Lying on a hotel bed with his legs wrapped around her during a school trip
  • Giving her rides in his personal vehicle
  • Buying her gifts and food
  • Attempting to rub her th

Investigators allegedly found 686 text messages between the two and accounted for roughly $1000 in gifts, a significant difference from the $200 Mason said he spent. That money does not include several lunches and snacks that Mason allegedly bought the student.