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Fourth teen accuses Fayetteville teacher of sex abuse

Posted March 15, 2013
Updated April 15, 2013

Bradley Norman Dent

— A fourth teen has accused a Fayetteville elementary school teacher of sexual abuse, authorities said Friday.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and the Fayetteville Police Department each charged Bradley Norman Dent, 47, of 7006 Lamure Drive, with statutory sex offense, engaging in a sexual act with a student and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Authorities said the alleged crime occurred last June and involved a 15-year-old student who was a member of a study club at Long Hill Elementary School. Dent was a fourth-grade teacher at the school at the time.

Dent was arrested in September after the parents of another 15-year-old reported that Dent forced their son to have sexual contact with him last spring while working as a a part-time counselor at Carolina Counseling Services, at 1318 Raeford Road.

In November, a third 15-year-old who also met Dent through the counseling service accused him of improper sexual contact in 2010.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office also charged Dent in September with alleged crimes involving a 17-year-old.

An employee of Carolina Counseling Services said in September that Dent is a licensed social worker who quit working at the facility a few months earlier.

Dent has resigned from Cumberland County Schools, where he worked for seven years.

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  • djofraleigh Mar 15, 2013

    This guy is going to give homosexual men a bad name! Men do a lot of crime, it seems, excelling in almost every area except prostitution. This man is not happy today, and doesn't seem able to stop himself.

    Harsh punishment has not stopped this pedophilia. We must do something more. It is a crime of lust. Mental health will have to provide counseling and advise people with such tendencies to seek help, and avoid contact with minors, and be tracked and supported by counselors.

    Pedophiles hide their passions, daring not to tell. How do we get them to seek counseling when counseling is inadequate? Maybe they think they are normal, or can handle the wrong urges, or are doing no harm, or nothing wrong? How do we screen people without doing more damage than harm? What are we going to do?

  • lwe1967 Mar 15, 2013

    They are all over the place. When is this trend going to stop?