A high school teacher and coach faces felony charges in Georgia after police allege he solicited sexual favors from a student in exchange for vaping supplies.
Fifty-year-old Burke County High School teacher Eddie Byrd allegedly contacted the teen through Snapchat to request nude photos, and that evolved into late night rendezvous in front of the girl’s home, WRDW reports.
“The parents said the girl told them she had been meeting Byrd in front of their residence at 2 a.m. and performing a sexual act on him in exchange for vapor boxes,” according to the news site. “The parents said she has done so approximately four times since the beginning of May, according to authorities.”
WRDW did not detail the sex acts involved, but alleged the girl told her parents about the situation because the teacher was pressing for more. The Augusta Chronicle reports the girl was 15-years-old and performing oral sex.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case because both the victim and Byrd live in Richmond County. Byrd was previously a teacher at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School and spent 5 years in the U.S. Marines and 20 years in the U.S. Army, according to the news site.
Richmond County deputies arrested Byrd on Thursday for suspicion of sexual assault, non-aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and a violation of the Child Pornography Prevention Act.
“After being notified by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office of the arrest of a BCPS employee, the Burke County Public School System immediately placed the employee on leave with pay pending resolution of the matter,” BCPS spokeswoman Amy Nunnerly told WRDW.
She confirmed the employee is Byrd, but declined to discuss the matter further.
“It is our practice to not substantively comment upon ongoing investigations,” she said.
Byrd was not the girl’s teacher at Burke County High School but she may have spent time in his classroom.
“It is my understanding that nothing took place at BCHS,” Nunnerly said.