The man who abruptly left his job as orchestra director at Elizabethtown Area High School in April is now facing a misdemeanor charge of corruption of a minor.
Cody L. Floyd, 25, of Mount Joy, was charged on Tuesday, Aug. 8. He is accused of exchanging thousands of text messages with a 17-year-old girl that involved content of a “sexual nature” and discussions of consuming alcohol. No physical sexual contact is alleged in the charge, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, which approved the charge.
Floyd also met the student and watched a movie with her while they held hands, the district attorney alleged.
The contact between the two occurred between December 2016 and April 2017. Floyd had been the orchestra director at the high school from the 2014-15 school year until April.
Floyd did not respond to the Advocate’s request for an interview when his employment ended in April. It was unclear when the print edition of this article went to press whom he had hired as his defense lawyer; none was listed in court records available online. Since then, court records have shown that Harrisburg lawyer Robert James Daniels Jr. is representing Floyd. The Advocate invited Daniels to comment for this article, but got no immediate response.
The district attorney announced the charge against Floyd in a written statement that said he is making arrangements through his attorney to appear in district court for arraignment. That arraignment is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, before Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan.
The announcement from prosecutors said a school district administrator reported allegations of an inappropriate relationship between Floyd and the student to the school resource officer on April 21.
According to the district attorney’s announcement, multiple school district employees reported that Floyd had been alone with the student in his office with lights off. More than 8,000 text messages were found on the girl’s cellular phone, exchanged daily. Some of the messages were sexual and flirtatious, and in some messages, Floyd wrote that he loves and misses the student and wants to kiss and cuddle her. He also wrote in the messages that he “can’t be prosecuted” when the girl turns 18, according to charging documents.