Band Instructor Found Guilty of Soliciting Sex

Plea deal reached for Michael Cook

By Jennifer Doren
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 7:41 PM EDT
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Band Instructor Found Guilty of Soliciting Sex

Michael Cook

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A former Fairfax County band teacher was found guilty Tuesday of soliciting sex on-line from a 14 year-old boy.

Michael Cook, 43, entered an Alford plea deal in court, meaning he did not admit wrongdoing but did acknowledge the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

Cook was arrested at his Centreville, Va., home in August.

Court records indicate the former band director at Robinson Secondary Elementary School actually asked for oral sex from an undercover cop.

Police said he spent several days sending instant messages and emails with someone he thought was a teenage boy, but it was actually a police sting.

A search warrant affidavit says Cook sent a photo of himself and discussed meeting the “boy” at a specific time and location.

Cook's sentencing is set for May 4. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

He has no prior criminal record.

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