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Modesto Teacher Charged

A high school band instructor in Modesto is accused of allowing students to drink beer and watch pornography in her home.

Deidra Brauns was cited Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. However, police say they will seek felony charges against the Beyer High School teacher. They say she invited three students to watch X-rated videos in a room she rented at the Doubletree Hotel.

Brauns is also accused of allowing students to watch pornography and drink beer in her home.

Police initially became aware of Brauns from a tip provided by a parent. Before citing the teacher, investigators interviewed 20 students.

Brauns denies the charges against her. The school district has placed her on paid administrative leave.