Former Portage teacher faces new charges alleging sex with teen
Additional charges have been filed against a former Fegely Middle School teacher already facing charges for sexting with teen girls.
Bryan Tyman, 44, of 6225 Brie Ave., Portage, allegedly had sexual relations from August through January with a 15-year-old student, according to charges filed with Porter Superior Court.
He now faces a Class B felony charge of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
According to the charging affidavit, the girl, now 16, told Portage Detective Janis Regnier that Tyman was her social studies teacher last year and they became friends on Facebook.
She said he would take her shopping to Michigan City and that she used to visit his home.
The girl told police that her first sexual encounter with Tyman came two weeks before her 16th birthday and that Tyman knew her age. She said she and Tyman had sex an average of once a week through Jan. 24.
Tyman was charged 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.
Senior Judge Raymond Kickbush set Tyman’s trial for the week of July 8 and set bail bond at a combination $50,000 surety and $10,000 cash.
Bryan Truitt, who stated he was hired by Tyman’s attorney wife, will represent Tyman on all charges. Truitt said Tyman has no criminal history and has ties to the community.
There are four no-contact orders forbidding Tyman from contacting the three 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old involved in the cases.
The Portage Township School Board terminated his employment at a meeting on Monday night.