School color guard instructor faces multiple felony charges, including grand theft

Omar Aguila
Omar Aguila

A man who has worked with the band and color guard units of at least three local schools has been charged with felony counts of forgery, grand theft and passing bad checks in at least two counties.

According to a Dayton Police detective’s affidavit, Omar Aguila, 23, used a counterfeit check Sept. 20 to buy a 2015 Audi from Express Motors on East First Street in Dayton. The document, filed in Dayton Municipal Court, says that when Aguila was taken into custody, he was driving a different vehicle from a dealership in West Chester Twp. and admitted to using a similar check made on his home computer to buy that vehicle.

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In the Dayton case, Aguila is on home detention with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 11. Aguila is facing separate felony charges of forgery, grand theft of a motor vehicle and passing bad checks in Clermont County east of Cincinnati, stemming from a June 17 incident.

Aguila had been working as an unpaid volunteer with the Fairmont High School marching band program this fall, according to Kettering district officials. Kettering schools spokeswoman Kari Basson said the district recently learned of the charges and delivered a letter to Aguila, dated Oct. 3, advising him “not to return to any Fairmont High School property for any reason” at risk of arrest for trespassing.

Aguila worked with Troy City Schools’ winter color guard from February through April 2016 after being first hired as a “substitute classroom aide,” according to district Business Manager Mark Barhorst

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Aguila worked with the Bellbrook High School winter guard unit during the 2016-17 school year as a part-time, contracted employee, Superintendent Doug Cozad said. Cozad said Aguila began a similar role with the school’s marching band color guard unit in July and August of 2017, but then left that month.

“He was not reliable enough with his attendance for him to continue,” Cozad said.

Troy and Bellbrook school officials said Aguila never had authority to spend any district or booster funds while working on contract in their schools.

Color guard and winter guard teams perform choreographed routines, sometimes with high school marching bands, combining costumed dancers with flag and mock rifle spinning. The Dayton region hosts the annual Winter Guard International championships.

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