Butte-Silver Bow officers told NBC Montana the former director of the Butte Central band has been arrested on five felonies and 12 misdemeanors.
Scott Yorke was the band director at Butte Central Catholic School until his resignation on March 10.
Police arrested Yorke on a warrant out of Ravalli County Thursday. He was arraigned a short time later and his bond was set at $100,000.
The five felony charges include sexual intercourse without consent, sexual assault and criminal endangerment. He’s also charged with misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of children and unlawful transactions with children.
He’s charged with each crime more than once, for a total of 17 charges.
"Upon hearing the news today, we're deeply saddened to hear what's transpired," said Butte Central Catholic Schools President, Don Peoples Jr.
Yorke is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Butte Central student and supplying her and four other students with alcohol.
According to court documents, this all happened earlier this month when the school's high school basketball team and pep band traveled to Hamilton for the Montana Class A Girls State Tournament.
Students stayed at the Townhouse Inn, a hotel attached to a Town Pump. That's where court records say Yorke made several trips to buy alcohol for the 15- and 16-year-old girls.
Peoples said school officials heard about what happened and immediately stepped in.
"Upon hearing some things that occurred, stories of things that happened in Hamilton, we immediately contacted authorities," said Peoples.
Hamilton Police began to investigate. According to court documents, the first night in Hamilton, March 5, Yorke reportedly invited four students to his hotel room. Documents said they drank there until two girls became sick.
The charging documents go on to say all the students left except one, and that's when Yorke allegedly raped and sexually assaulted the 16-year-old girl.
Court records say the girl told him to stop, but it wasn't until another student knocked on the door that Yorke actually did.
The next night, on March 6, investigators say Yorke again bought alcohol and drank with the student he allegedly sexually assaulted and another student until they became sick and went back to their room.
During an interview weeks after the incident, documents say Yorke admitted to buying the alcohol, but told a detective he had no memory of doing anything with the student, though he said, "She had no reason to lie about it."
Now Yorke is behind bars and Butte Central is working to move forward from this incident.
"We're a faith-based community," said Peoples. "We're going to stick together; we're going to be available to support each other, which we have a very kind, caring and comforting school culture and we're going to come through and take care of each other."
Peoples said counselors will be available at Butte Central.
“As a school system, our first and highest priority is the safety and welfare of our students, and we're going to do everything in our power to ensure that continues and we're going to be very proactive and really work hard to take care of our kids,” said Peoples.
Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester said Friday they will start making plans to transfer Yorke back to Ravalli County, where the charges were filed.