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Fayetteville teacher suspended after arrest on sex charges

Posted September 18, 2012

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— Cumberland County Schools has suspended a Fayetteville elementary school teacher who was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old.

Bradley Norman Dent, 46, was arrested at his home in the 7000 block of Lamure Drive. He is charged with one count of sex offense involving a juvenile and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Dent, a fourth-grade teacher at Long Hill Elementary School, at 6490 Ramsey St., declined to comment Tuesday after going through his initial court appearance and posting a $75,000 bond.

School Superintendent Frank Till said Dent is suspended with pay pending further information about the case.

"We're taking a real look at it," Till said.

Police said the alleged assault occurred between late April and late May at Carolina Counseling Services, at 1318 Raeford Road, where Dent worked part time as a counselor.

The teen's parents notified police of the alleged assault in May, but Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said the investigation takes time.

"You have to develop the evidence. You have to take your time with the interviews, look for other evidence," MacRoberts said.

Bradley Dent Sex assault allegedly occurred at Fayetteville counseling center

An employee of Carolina Counseling Services, who declined to provide her name, said Dent is a licensed social worker who quit working at the facility a few months ago. She didn't say why he left.

MacRoberts said the teen doesn't live in Cumberland County.

Dent has taught in Cumberland County for 7½ years, and Till said he's heard no complaints about him previously.

Police wouldn't say whether they think there might be other victims, but they said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department's youth services division at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS.

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  • piene2 Sep 18, 2012

    "It amaze3s me the number of people who post here that have already convicted the man.

    He has not yet been proven guilty. If he is in fact guilty, then by all means punish him to the fullest extent of the law. I work directly across the hall from the county magistrates office. I intake every person who gets arrested during my work shift. I know full well just how easy it is for someone to walk into the magistrate's office and swear on a bible to false charges. I see it happen often. All it takes is one angry teen girl to say "He did this" and the warrants are issued. No evidence is required, just a sworn statement.

    So let's let a jury of this man's peers decide in a court of law wheather or not he is guilty.
    smalldogsrule"

    All one has to do is read the posts here and it becomes crystal clear why I have no use for the jury trial system, at last here. If I ever had to stand trial I would exercise my right to a bench trial instead of a jury of what are certainly not my peers.

  • appgrad88 Sep 18, 2012

    The victim I beleive from other reports is male. Mr. Dent has been vocal that he is bisexual. This is not his first rodeo. The county needs to check their hiring practices.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Sep 18, 2012

    Charmc....these people dont want adults. They are called pedophiles.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Sep 18, 2012

    Scared for all my grandchildren...a bunch of disturbed folks out there. There was a man down the street who took pictures of my kids, and me,for years and guess what? It is legal. I had no rights whatsoever. Now, there are kids waiting at a bus stop right near and in his driveway. who knows what people do? Might be just a photograoher...who k ow? I just dont like strangers taking my pictures. I am not a celebrity after all. All I can suggest is to watch your kids....close...and pay attention to them.

  • storchheim Sep 18, 2012

    lsmiths, nothing personal but you're kidding, right? And no one said anything when he wore the costume and heels to school? Please, more info.

  • lsmiths1970 Sep 18, 2012

    I agree with the post below. This man was too involved with his class and his previous students. He would hold free "writing seminars" for his previous students and even would invite them (now middle school students) back to the elementary school on a routine basis. He would have his students at bonfires on the weekends. He wouldnt let them eat in the cafeteria...would bribe them with Coke and keep them in the classroom. He didn't want them socializing with the other kids. He wore Wonder Woman costumes to school and walked around in high heels. He taught atheism. He made children read Steven King novels. All the parents wanted to think he just REALLY wanted their kids to succeed. No way. It's a classic case of "overlooking the obvious". I'm glad my son didn't have him for a teacher. I would always hate to wonder "what if".

  • nceduc8r Sep 18, 2012

    As someone who has seen this man around children on a daily basis, I can tell you that I have no doubt that these allegations are true. This man bribes kids to be in his after school club with candy and soda (like a child predator). This teacher has had children to his home on weekends. Did he do things to help kids some kids excel? Yes, but so did Jerry Sandusky. Everyone thought Jerry Sandusky couldn't be guilty because he "did such great things for kids." Dent is no different. What is insidious, is that he often sought out troubled students (like Sandusky). Unfortunately, the school district couldn't do anything about him until he was charged with a crime. Well now he has been! So sad for his victim(s) and yes, that (s) was intentional because it's only a matter of time... just like Sandusky.

  • smalldogsrule Sep 18, 2012

    It amaze3s me the number of people who post here that have already convicted the man.

    He has not yet been proven guilty. If he is in fact guilty, then by all means punish him to the fullest extent of the law. HOWEVER, he could very well be innocent. I work directly across the hall from the county magistrates office. I intake every person who gets arrested during my work shift. I know full well just how easy it is for someone to walk into the magistrate's office and swear on a bible to false charges. I see it happen often. All it takes is one angry teen girl to say "He did this" and the warrants are issued. No evidence is required, just a sworn statement.

    So let's let a jury of this man's peers decide in a court of law wheather or not he is guilty.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 18, 2012

    "Cannot these grown men find women/ladies of their on age and equal. Why children, for heavens sake?"

    So you know he is guilty? Maybe you should talk to the prosecution then.

  • piene2 Sep 18, 2012

    "I've seen many episodes of How to Catch a Predator.. this is definitely a predator ladies and gentlemen
    atp0513"

    Bummer, I missed the entire trial.

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