ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 25-year-old Orange County private school teacher was arrested Monday after a student revealed texts and phone calls showing that the teacher requested sexual videos from the student in exchange for payment, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
The student told deputies that his science teacher at Winners Primary School, Dion Bryant, had been making phone calls and sending him text messages, requesting sexual videos.
The student also said he had messages on his phone in which he sent videos of himself performing sex acts to Bryant.
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In October, Bryant took the student into the hallway and gave him his cellphone number on a piece of paper, according to an affidavit.
Investigators said Bryant would tell the student to send him inappropriate videos or he would give him a poor grade in class or hold him back a grade if he didn’t.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said three videos were sent to Bryant.
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According to a report, Bryant offered the student $140 and paid him $20 for the videos.
During one weekend, Bryant called the student several times.
When the student’s mother became aware of the teacher calling so late at night, she became suspicious and looked at her son’s phone and found the messages, a report said.
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Authorities went to the school Monday and made contact with Bryant by requesting that the principal call him to a private room.
While talking to deputies, Bryant said he wanted a lawyer. He was arrested and his phone was seized, pending a search warrant.
Bryant was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of lewd conduct with a student by an authority figure, use of a child in a sexual performance and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
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