Former Elkhorn South band director accused of child abuse bonds out of jail

Michelle A. Bluford, 55.
Michelle A. Bluford, 55.(PHOTO: Douglas County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 1:06 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The former Elkhorn South High School band director on Wednesday bonded out of Douglas County Jail, where she had been held on a felony child abuse charge.

She is also ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim.

A preliminary hearing for Michelle A. Bluford, 55, is scheduled for Aug. 27. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office had issued a warrant for her arrest Friday, according to court documents.

Bluford is accused of intentional child abuse with no injury, a Class 3A felony, for a possible inappropriate relationship with a student. The alleged victim graduated in 2019, documents state.

According to court documents, during the student’s junior year, Bluford allegedly manipulated the student into believing their family did not care for them. Bluford began to isolate the student, sometimes taking the student off school grounds, texting the student, and having the student sign on to an app so they could be tracked, court documents state.

Bluford also allegedly had the victim sit on her lap at school and rock them three times a week, calling this “their quiet time.” Later, Bluford also allegedly took the victim to her car for “cuddles” in an effort to get the student to fall asleep; and would rub her hands over the student’s body, including private areas, documents show.

A spokeswoman with Elkhorn Public Schools confirmed Wednesday that ESHS summer band activities had resumed under the direction of Brian Nelsen, recently named the high school’s new band director.

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