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MHS Band Director arrested for sexual battery of juvenile

Milan band director arrested on sexual battery charges

By Logan Watson

A Milan educator was arrested last Thursday night, September 27, on charges of sexual battery stemming from incidents with an underage student.
John Scruggs, 40, the band director at Milan High School, was charged with one count of sexual battery by an authority figure after investigators were reportedly alerted by the victim’s mother, who told police that the juvenile was “involved with an adult male.”
Milan Special School District Director of Schools Jonathan Criswell stated that Scruggs “has been suspended without pay pending the disposition of charges against him.”
Scruggs is in his seventh year as director of the MHS Marching Band and had previously been employed for five years as the band director at Humboldt High School, as well as a high school in Seguin, Texas, from 2003 to 2004.
According to the warrant, investigators conducted a forensic interview with the victim, who stated that the incidents began when the victim was 15, taking place on school property during, and after, school hours. The victim stated that Scruggs was acting his role as band director when the incidents took place.
Scruggs was released on a $10,000 bond and will appear in Milan General Sessions court on October 10 at 9:00 a.m.


  1. Vanessa on September 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    So sick of hearing this day after day If he did it I hope he gets more than a slap on the hand! If he didn’t do it then her and her momma need to be prosecuted

  2. Unknown on September 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    So this victim doesn’t have any evidence? If he\she doesn’t why is this man being even investigated?

    • wowwy on September 29, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Who said there’s no evidence? You’ve been watching too much hannity. Take a deep breath, go outside for a few

    • Anominous on September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Don’t defend him try being in the girl’s position being inappropriately touched by a teacher if he is innocent then the truth will come out but if he is guilty then he deserves worse than jail time

  3. Enjoli on September 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I can’t believe this!😩😢

  4. Unknown on September 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Why are they just coming forward if its been going on for 2 years?

  5. Lydia on October 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The victim blaming of an underage minor under the care and authority of an older male figure is deeply disturbing. No girl in a small town would put herself through the judgment and shame that will surely follow being brave enough to report. I hope the city of Milan and the school stand behind her and diligently work through this investigation. No evidence? Plenty of people, I’m sure, were a witness to this abuse. Come forward now and stand up for what is right and true. Stop taking the side of the accused lest no one stand up for you when you’ve been wronged.

  6. Anonymous on October 4, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Actually there is no evidence, no witnesses, I personally know the young lady who had come forward and she is lying. She is doing this because she didn’t get her way in the band. She didn’t win any of the 3 positions she was nominated for by her fellow bandmates, so she decided to quit the band & ruin his life. The day that the band had their nominee meeting, as to whom would be taking the positions, she had bawled her eyes out, sat down in front of a couple of her band mates & called her mom, telling her that she didn’t get picked for anything. The next day she quit band. Mr. Scruggs is a well known & trusted band director, an awesome teacher, amazing father, a wonderful husband & a great friend.

    • Anon on October 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Why was he charged if there is no evidence?

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