Grant Parish teacher arrested on sex crime charge hours before first day in class
CONCORDIA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A Louisiana teacher and EMT is accused of sending explicit photos to a minor in Concordia Parish.
According to the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bradly J. Dyer, 26, of Colfax, was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, just before he was to begin working with students at Grant High School.
Along with the photos, CPSO says their cyber crimes unit caught the suspect engaging in inappropriate conversations with the 15-year-old. Detectives say he met the child on Snapchat and was planning to groom the teenager for a secret relationship.
“During the chats, he discussed to date the child. He sent numerous pornographic images of himself to the child. As the chats progressed, he stated he would have to keep the relationship a secret,” said CPSO Detective Stephen Lipscomb.
Dyer had not started teaching yet, according to the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office. Lipscomb says Dyer has also been working as an EMT at Acadian Ambulance for the past three years. He says Dyer told the minor that he was going to instruct EMT courses for 11th and 12th-grade students at Grant High School in Colfax, and Aug. 8 was supposed to be his first day teaching.
Lipscomb says their proactive search for child predators helped keep a lot of children safe.
“If these chats were not discovered then the subject would have had the opportunity to start a new job at the school and obviously be around children. I speak on behalf of our administration, and probably Grant Parish as well, and were happy he was apprehended,” Lipscomb said.
Grant Parish Superintendent Paxton Teddlie says, they always do a background check and fingerprinting for each employee. He says nothing came up during Dyer’s background check.
Teddlie says he spoke to their lawyers to determine what happens next in cases like this.
“Depending on charges they will be on administrative leave possible without pay. There are certain things you can do without pay or with pay depending on what the charges are,” Teddlie said.
A bond amount hasn’t been set for Dyer as of Monday evening and Detective Lipscomb says if Dyer is convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison.
The following news release issued on Aug. 8 describes the circumstances surrounding the arrest.
Vidalia - On August 7, 2022, the CPSO Cyber Crime Unit began an investigation into an adult subject who initiated online contact with a 15-year-old minor for sexual purposes. During the conversations, the subject sent sexually explicit photos, discussed “dating” and “keeping the minor a secret”. In addition, he stated that he had recently began a new job as a high school teacher. Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect, at which time it was learned that he was a resident of Colfax, LA.
Based on the evidence, an arrest warrant was obtained and contact was made with the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office. With safety of the school students in mind, detectives elected to affect the arrest warrant, along with a residential search warrant on Sunday night, at which time the subject was taken into custody without incident.
ARRESTED: Bradly J. Dyer, 26 603 Pine Street. Colfax, LA
CHARGES: Indecent Behavior with Juveniles
Sheriff Hedrick would like to thank the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office for their quick response in the matter. The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Lipsomb at CPSO (318)336-5231 or submit a tip online using the CPSO mobile app.
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