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Fegely teacher charged with child solicitation

Bryan L. Tyman 44 Fegley Middle School teacher charged with child solicitativicarious sexual gratification. January 28 2013. | Porter County

Bryan L. Tyman, 44, Fegley Middle School teacher charged with child solicitation and vicarious sexual gratification. January 28, 2013. | Porter County Jail~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:13AM



PORTAGE — It wasn’t just sex and nude photos that a Fegely Middle School eighth grade teacher allegedly wanted from one of his former students.

Bryan L. Tyman, 44, also told the student that he would buy her and her friends alcohol “if he got two things: ‘a joint and you,’” court documents state.

The girl in question told police she had thought of Tyman as a father figure she developed a friendship outside class with and played X-Box games with online. He also twice gave her and friends a ride home; however, the relationship became “creepy,” she told police.

The prosecution officially charged Tyman with three Class D felonies on Monday: child solicitation, vicarious sexual gratification and a second child solicitation.

Tyman is being held in Porter County Jail without bail bond, but bond could be set at his initial hearing. An official from Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper’s offices said that the initial hearing could happen Wednesday at the earliest.

The charges come from a series of incidents involving high school students between 14 and 16 years old with texts to one during December 2011 and nude photos sent to a group of three girls via cell phones on Dec. 29.

The girl who was the focus of his attention in 2011 told police Tyman “sent her text messages such as ‘I think I’m too big for you,’” court records state.

When she asked about getting him a Christmas gift in 2011, he replied, “I think you know what I want” and later that month texted the “a joint and you” response when she asked him to buy alcohol.

The other girls became involved Dec. 29 during a sleepover.

The three girls used the 14-year-old’s host’s cell phone to text with Tyman. During that chat session, Tyman asked for nude photos of one girl, who confirmed she was 14, and they asked for a nude shot of him.

The girls downloaded photos without faces from online and sent them, and he sent a photo of what he later admitted to police was himself in someone’s bathroom with pants down but without his face showing.

Court documents state that in one of the final texts to Tyman, “When she asks why he fools around with young girls, he replies ‘idk’ (short for ‘I don’t know’) and then clarifies that he isn’t actually touching them.”

Tyman could be sentenced six months to three years on each of the Class D felony charges against him. Class D is the lowest felony charge in Indiana.

The Portage Township School Board terminated his employment at a meeting on Monday night.



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