COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A former Collier County band director on trial, accused of having sex with a student. Robert Hamberg resigned from Gulf Coast High School when the allegations first surfaced in 2009. He is now facing eight felony charges.
The State Attorney's Office focused many of their questions to the jury pool on the school system and extra curricular activities. Both sides had a hard time seating the jury, and had to bring in 10 additional people, bringing the total jury pool to 34.
According to reports, Hamberg was questioned by law enforcement after another teacher became suspicious, noticing he and a female student, under 16, taking repeated trips to the band dressing room together.
The six person jury, made up of three men and three women, will listen to testimony from the alleged victim, who claims she and Hamberg had a sexual relationship at the school, in Hamberg's house, and in his car.
What the jury won't hear about is Hamberg's relationship with his current wife. Revealed in pre-trial testimony, Hamberg's wife was once a band student of his. The wife's parents say they started dating when she was only 16. They even got a restraining order against him. The judge ruled the jury will not be told that information.
Opening statements are expected to start Tuesday morning, and the judge doesn't expect the trial will go longer than this week.