OSCEOLA COUNTY, FL – A dean at Harmony Middle School is accused of assaulting a 13-year-old student, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
In a press release, the sheriff’s office said Bradley Linville, 51, was arrested Wednesday on charges of obscene and lascivious molestation.
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Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said a 13-year-old boy told a classmate he was hit three times by the dean. The classmate alerted authorities and the investigation began, according to Lopez.
When investigators spoke with Linville, he was cooperative but did not discuss the charges before asking for a lawyer, according to the sheriff.
Lopez said the three alleged incidents took place in Linville’s office on school property.
Osceola County School District officials have said Linville has been suspended with pay, and Superintendent Debra Pace will ask the school board to approve a suspension without pay at a meeting on June 1.
“He will remain on unpaid suspension until the end of his contract on June 4, 2021, after which his employment with the district will not be renewed,” a spokesperson for the school district said.
Lopez said Linville has been a school district employee since around 1995 and has worked at several other schools, including Discovery Middle and Gateway Middle.
Authorities have no indication that Linville has been accused of inappropriate behavior with other students, but are asking anyone with information to come forward.
“We want to make sure that if you’ve been a victim of this person posted here, please come forward,” Lopez said, adding that the age of a potential victim didn’t matter.
Osceola County Jail records show Linville faces three counts of assaulting a minor between the ages of 12 and 16.
The investigation is ongoing.
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