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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Bethel Park High School teacher is facing criminal charges after North Strabane Police said the teacher sent explicit sexual videos of himself, along with racy text messages, to one of their undercover officers, who was posing as a teenage girl.
Reaction from Bethel Park parents was one of disgust.
“I’m going to send my daughter to kindergarten next year. I don’t want to send her where I can’t trust where she’ll be most of the day, you know. I want to be able to trust her teachers. They’re taking care of my daughter,” Noel Kahke, a Bethel Park mother of three children, said. “It’s scary to hear that stuff like this happens.”
Brian Scott, a 46-year-old health teacher, was charged with unlawful contact with a minor and indecent exposure.
Hours after Scott was taken into custody Friday morning, the School District released the following statement, saying it was aware of the arrest and that Scott had been suspended and banned from school property throughout the criminal investigation:
“The Bethel Park School District was made aware of the arrest of one of our teachers by the North Strabane Police Department on Friday, July 6. At this time the individual in question has been suspended and banned from school district property throughout the investigation. To the District’s knowledge, no Bethel Park School District students were involved in this matter. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as needed.”
“I don’t know man, that’s just shocking,” another parent, Jeremy Mitchell, said. “Especially such a local area. You hear about that stuff on the news all the time, but it’s never right next door.”
According to investigators, the undercover officer and Scott began conversing in a teenage chat room last month. It was an chat room intended for teens from 13 to 19.
The officer identified himself at first as a 15-year-old girl named old Maddie Parker. He used the screen name “Tiny Dancer.” The officer later told Scott they had lied about their age and they were actually a 13-year-old girl.
Scott said he was 17 years old, but the video he forwarded to the undercover investigator showed he was a lot older.
In a search of Scott’s home, police seized a number of items, including a red plaid blanket and a white t-shirt with the words “I bleed orange” on it. Those items matched items seen in the video Scott allegedly sent to the officer.
They also saw a tattooed wedding band on Scott’s left ring finger. The same tattoo could be seen in Scott’s explicit video.
“That’s scary, to think those are the teachers that are teaching our children,” Melanie Sbraccia told KDKA-TV News. “You know, that those are the people that we send to school and we trust them.”
The investigation is ongoing.