Portage middle school teacher accused of ‘sexually inappropriate’ contact with students
PORTAGE — A Fegely Middle School teacher faces sex charges for his interactions with two former female students.
Social studies teacher Bryan Tyman, 44, of 6225 Brie Ave., Portage, was charged with two counts of child solicitation and two counts of vicarious sexual gratification, both felonies, following an investigation by Portage police in cooperation with Portage Township Schools that began Friday morning, according to Sgt. Keith Hughes, public information officer for the Portage Police.
Hughes said a student not involved in the incident anonymously reported seeing a picture Tyman had sent of himself on one of the victim’s phones to Portage Township School Resource Officer Michael Candiano and the Portage High School office. The two victims, whose ages were not released, are now in high school.
Investigators learned Tyman had been maintaining a relationship with the two previous students through phone conversations and text messages. It is unknown when the relationship with the students began.
“Recently Tyman had started sending messages that were sexually inappropriate in nature,” Hughes said in the release.
During an interview with Detective Janis Regnier, Hughes said, Tyman admitted sending a sexually explicit picture of himself and asking the students to send him pictures. The students did not send pictures.
Hughes said Tyman is being held without bond at Porter County Jail.
Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said he could not comment specifically on actions the school system may take regarding Tyman due to privacy concerns.
Typically, in situations such as this regarding school employees, the individual is suspended without pay until the investigation is complete. Then a recommendation is made to the school board regarding how to proceed. The next regular school board meeting is Monday.
“Matters that compromise kids are taken very seriously by the superintendent and they will be dealt with,” Frataccia said.