OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A Harmony Middle School dean has bonded out of jail after being arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a student, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.
What You Need To Know
- Harmony Middle School dean arrested on child molestation charge
- Bradley Scott Linville has worked for Osceola schools since 1995
- A 13-year-old male told authorities he was allegedly touched in three separate incidents
- The suspect bonded out of jail Thursday evening
Bradley Scott Linville, who has worked for the School District of Osceola County since 1995, was booked into Osceola County Jail on Wednesday night on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.
A 13-year-old male said he was touched in appropriately on campus, in the dean's office and in a closet-like room, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing the accuser in the company of Linville about the same time as the accuser told authorities the incidents took place, authorities said.
The dean at Harmony Middle School was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior against a student. The sheriff says:— Stephanie Bechara (@BecharaReports) May 27, 2021
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"This child felt very uncomfortable and went to his peers and eventually to us," Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said.
Lopez urged any other possible victims to come forward.
"It's really important that if anybody has any info or felt that they were inappropriately touched by this man at one time in their lives… It doesn't matter how old they are now, they need to come forward so we can have some closure and make sure these victims are getting the justice they deserve," Lopez said.
Lopez said Linville has cooperated with deputies but has not discussed any possible incidents related to this case.
The Osceola County School District said the dean was suspended with pay and starting June 1, that suspension will be without pay.
Linville's contract comes to an end on June 4 and the district does not plan to renew it, an Osceola schools spokesman said.