Teacher charged with sexually assaulting minor

Bradley Norman Dent (Image courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)
September 18, 2012 2:45:57 PM PDT
A Cumberland County teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15 year old.

Police arrested 46-year-old Bradley Norman Dent Monday at his home in the 7000 block of Lamure Drive in Fayetteville.

Dent worked as a fourth grade teacher at Longhill Elementary School, but officials said the victim was a client at a local counseling service.

Officials said Dent worked at the Carolina Counseling Services on Raeford Road. He was counseling kids and that's where police say he found his victims.

"He's been charged with one count of sex offensive involving a juvenile and two counts of indecent liberties with a child," said Gavin MacRoberts, with the Fayetteville Police Department.

ABC11 spoke to one of Dent's alleged adult victims.

"I said 'It's better we just end things here,'" said the alleged victim. "He touched me on my knee. He placed his hands on my knee."

The man said Dent made sexual advances towards him in March during a session at Carolina Counseling Services.

"He put his hands on my knee and he was like, he sat there kind of quietly and that's when he said 'Have you ever thought about being in a bisexual relationship and have you ever thought about being with a man, or being with a man alone -- not a man and a woman -- just with a man alone.'"

The alleged victim said he walked out of the session and told the management about the incident, but he said they did nothing and kept Dent on staff.

In May, a parent filed a complaint with Fayetteville police. The investigation took several months and Dent was charged Monday six months after this victim said he warned Carolina Counseling Services about Dent.

"That's the whole thing," said the man. "If they had listened to me, I think that this could be stopped."

Dent remains locked up on $75,000 secured bond. Anyone with information about any additional charges should get in contact with Fayetteville police.

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