Former Brevard Public Schools Teacher Arrested After Traveling To Meet Minor For Sex

By  //  August 28, 2015

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Bayard, 32, of Merritt Island, after he travelled to a prearranged location in Brevard County Friday afternoon to meet a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Bayard, 32, of Merritt Island, after he traveled to a prearranged location in Brevard County Friday afternoon to meet a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship, according to Maj. Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Bayard was charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex and Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor. He was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on $70,000 bond.

“The investigation began in July 2015, after a former student of Bayard’s reported that she had previously had an inappropriate relationship that began when he was her teacher at Suntree Elementary,” said Maj. Goodyear.

The student had since moved out of state and reported the relationship to her father after Bayard began texting her and sent her an obscene video of himself.

“A Sheriff’s Office Agent assumed the teen’s communication with Bayard. During these conversations, the Agent, acting as the child, advised that the teenager would be in Brevard County on the weekend of August 28, 2015,” said Maj. Goodyear.

“Earlier today (Friday), Bayard contacted the Agent for the purpose of meeting the teenage girl for sex. Bayard made arrangements to meet the girl at a prearranged location and was arrested after he arrived at the location by Agents.”

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According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Bayard was employed with the Brevard County School system during the 2013-14 school year at Kennedy Middle School and Suntree Elementary; and 2014-15 at Viera High School.

Bayard’s contract was not renewed for this school year.

CRIMELINE-200Agents are continuing to investigate the allegation of a previous relationship between Bayard and the victim.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for anyone who has information please call either Agent Wendy Wheeler or Agent Mary Adams of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office SVU Unit at 321-633-8419.

You can also call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), visit crimeline.org or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637).  All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.

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