One criminal charge filed against Modesto High band instructor

The Stanislaus County district attorney's office filed a lone criminal charge against a high school band instructor who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Lewis Wilhelm, 41, was arrested at his Modesto home in late September; he faces one felony count of annoying or molesting a child. Police said there was no indication that sexual intercourse took place.

Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold said Wilhelm's arraignment has not been set; he was released on $25,000 bail shortly after his arrest, so his arraignment need not be completed within 48 hours. A criminal complaint will soon be entered into the court system, triggering future hearings.

Wilhelm has been on administrative leave with pay since his arrest, said Shannon Craghead, spokeswoman for Modesto City Schools. Wilhelm's status could be modified once the school district gets official notification of the charges from the district attorney's office, Craghead said.

Wilhelm was the band instructor at Modesto High School for 10 years and was a founding member of the Fever Drum and Bugle Corps, a competitive marching band for ages 14 through 21.

Related stories from Modesto Bee