• Mugshot of James Cude. Photo courtesy of Dallas County
    Mugshot of James Cude. Photo courtesy of Dallas County

Former Breckenridge band director arrested for solicitation of minor

A former Breckenridge ISD employee was arrested earlier this month after trying to meet a 13-year-old boy online, according to officials. The arrest was made in Dallas County.

James Cude, who was the Breckenridge Junior High and High School band director from 2000 to 2002, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in connection with a joint task force that was comprised of both Dallas County law enforcement and federal investigators.

Dallas County records confirmed the 13-year-old was a Dallas County detective. The detective met Cude on a social media site named “Grindr.” In the conversation between Cude and the detective, Cude referenced and talked about sexual acts that he wished to perform on the boy.

North Mesquite High School released the following statement in response to the arrest. The statement read, “Mesquite ISD was shocked and deeply troubled to learn of Mr. Cude's arrest. Per district policy, he has been placed on administrative leave. The district and our entire community are very proud of the Big Blue Band and we will not allow this disturbing turn of events to tarnish the stellar reputation of the NMHS band program.”

Cude has also been employed by Whitesboro ISD.

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