DOVER, Del. - The director of the Delaware State University band has been charged with raping a 20-year-old male student, state police said Monday.
Miguel A. Bonds, 31, of Magnolia, was arrested Sunday night and charged with second-degree rape, two counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact, and providing alcohol to an underage person.
Bonds, a music instructor and director of DSU's marching, orchestral and ensemble bands, was being held at the Delaware Correctional Center in lieu of $12,100 secured bond.
University spokesman Carlos Holmes said Bonds has been placed on paid administrative leave pending resolution of the charges.
Bonds, who previously worked at Stillman College in Alabama, was hired by DSU last spring and began working for the school this summer, Holmes said.
"We did a background check on him, we didn't find anything on him," said Holmes, adding that DSU police conducted another background check after the rape allegations surfaced.
"He has nothing in his past in relationship to this kind of stuff," said Holmes, adding that there is nothing to suggest any similar conduct involving other students.
The alleged victim, a DSU student, told investigators that after the school's football game Saturday afternoon, he mentioned to Bonds that he was planning on pledging a fraternity next year, and that Bonds offered to "teach him what he needs to know about pledging."
The two then left the Dover campus and the victim followed Bonds to his apartment, where they watched a movie. Bonds then allegedly invited the victim into his bedroom and gave him an alcoholic drink called a Hypnotic, which contains vodka.
The alleged victim stated that he became disoriented and unsteady, and sat down on the edge of the bed. Bonds then allegedly persuaded the victim to lie down and he eventually put on a pornographic movie. As the victim was drifting in and out of consciousness, Bonds allegedly began performing oral sex on him and touched him inappropriately, police said.
The alleged victim awoke Sunday morning naked on the floor and nauseous. After leaving the apartment, he received a phone call from Bonds, who asked if he remembered anything, police said.