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Third teen accuses Fayetteville teacher of sex abuse

Posted November 28, 2012

— A third teen has accused a Fayetteville elementary school teacher of sexual abuse, police said Wednesday.

The Youth Services Division of the Fayetteville Police Department charged Bradley Norman Dent, 46, of 7006 Lamure Drive, with five counts each of statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Police said the crimes were alleged to have occurred between February and June 2010 with a 15-year-old.

Dent, a fourth-grade teacher at Long Hill Elementary School, 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.

The latest teen also said that he met Dent through the counseling service, police said.

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.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office also charged Dent in September with second-degree forcible sex offense and first-degree kidnapping in connection with alleged crimes involving a 17-year-old.

Cumberland County Schools has placed Dent, who has taught in the school system for more than seven years, on paid suspension.

Longhill Elementary School in Fayetteville Teacher remains on suspension as allegations mount

"He is barred from all of our school facilities. He can come nowhere near any of our children during the school day," Superintendent Frank Till said Wednesday, adding that there has been no evidence of sexual abuse involving students in Cumberland County schools.

Because of the sensitive nature of the charges, Till said, investigators have provided district administrators little information in the cases against Dent, which is why he is still employed.

"We still would have (to make) a case," he said. "When we don't have any information other than he's been arrested, we don't have the solid evidence we need to proceed to that level. If we had solid evidence that led us that way, we'd move quickly on it, and that's what we're trying to do."

Till said the only way Dent would be allowed to teach again in Cumberland County is if all charges were dropped and he were completely exonerated.

Authorities have not said 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 at 910-433-1856, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • NCworkingwoman Dec 7, 2012

    I agree, Kids today are not taught right from wrong, They cant read the bible in school, but they can in jail,,, You swear on the bible in court But you cant have the 10 commanments posted in the federal building,, we have doomed ourselves, to keep the peace with the Liberals - oleguy

    So what you are saying is because these kids didn't read the bible in school, that is why some creepy teacher (allegedly) molested them?

  • oleguy Nov 29, 2012

    I agree, Kids today are not taught right from wrong, They cant read the bible in school, but they can in jail,,, You swear on the bible in court But you cant have the 10 commanments posted in the federal building,, we have doomed ourselves, to keep the peace with the Liberals

  • timetochange Nov 28, 2012

    workinghuman33,you have just proven mypoint. You stated that because a 3rd teen haas come forward you are guessing he is guilty. Based on what? Reports from the news? Thats mypoint.no facts have been presented. no evidence. just heresay.if this were a court none of that would be admitted. there has to be proof. May I remind everyone of the dukelacrosse fiasco? What about the guy who was released several months ago after serving 15 years?( sorry can't remember his name). Don't getme wrong, if this guy is guilty....prison for the rest of his life as well aas removing a certain body part. But the news agencies need to stop reporting claims and start reporting facts and those aren'tclearor known until it goes to trial.

  • Desiderata Nov 28, 2012

    Kids lie ,people lie, That is a fact. Kids have done worse to those teachers or kids , parents they do not like, including killing . These days it is easy to make accusations, and make up stories of what happen to them, you can google just about any topic these days. Lets let the courts decide. Not just kids , but people in general are lost on the subject of honesty, integrity or even telling the truth. It has become a "me" world , where all one cares about is themselves, it is rare to find others to do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Society , as a whole, is lost.

  • beachboater Nov 28, 2012

    Sexual offenses against children should be punished severely. BUT, being accused as TeenDad4_WorldTour would have it would certainly ruin an adult for life. Being accused of sexual misconduct with a child whether guilty or not, that person will always carry the suspicion that he / she is a child molestor.

    I think there is some merit for not releasing the arrest record or suspension until there has been a day in court.

  • workinghuman33 Nov 28, 2012

    If I were a kid right now I would totally report any adult I didnt like for sexual abuse, I mean what do they have to lose?
    TeenDad4_WorldTour""

    Perhaps a kid that had never been taught the value of honesty, or integrity, and that you don't lie just because you don't like someone or you don't get your way would do such a vile thing. What do they have to loose? Dignity, and respect from others...I'd say that's a huge loss. What a horrific concept you've got there.

  • TeenDad4_WorldTour Nov 28, 2012

    If I were a kid right now I would totally report any adult I didnt like for sexual abuse, I mean what do they have to lose?

  • jjrn Nov 28, 2012

    I disagree with the statement by esteryates69 that teachers can't be trusted. As a teacher myself, I know that the vast majority of teachers are trustworthy. But as an advocate for children, I totally support pulling him away from children until he is found guilty or not guilty. Protecting children is the priority. Anyone who has the best interest of children at heart would agree.

  • esteryates69 Nov 28, 2012

    You have think where they smoke they fire.I fine hard to believe any child would make this up.

  • esteryates69 Nov 28, 2012

    Yes he is a creep.In today time teacher or no one can be trusted.

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