LYNCHBURG, Va. - A faculty member and former head volleyball coach at Heritage High School has been arrested and charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship, according to police.
Courtesy of Blue Ridge Regional Jail
According to a news release from the city, Kelly Bryant was arrested and charged on Sunday.
WDBJ7 first learned of the charges from Commonwealth's Attorney Bethany Harrison.
The charges are in relation to acts that occurred in April of 2009. Bryant is scheduled for advisement on Feb. 20.
Heritage High School released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the situation:
"Dear parents and guardians of Lynchburg City Schools’ Heritage High School students,
Lynchburg City Schools became aware that a Heritage High School faculty member and former coach has been arrested for taking indecent liberties with a child.
Ms. Kelly Bryant, a Remediation lab teacher and former head volleyball coach at Heritage High School, has been charged in Lynchburg with taking indecent liberties with a child. Ms. Bryant has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department.
While we have no knowledge of any inappropriate contact that Ms. Bryant had with any current LCS student, we are notifying our parents and guardians as an added measure to keep our children safe. We continue to encourage parents to talk to your children about safe interactions with adults.
If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the superintendent’s office at (434) 515-5070."
The Lynchburg Police Department released a statement Monday afternoon confirming Bryant's arrest. The investigation dates back to Nov. 18, when the allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a faculty member and student were first released, but Bryant was not named.
"We encourage anyone that may have been a victim of, or witness to, an inappropriate teacher/student relationship to report it to the police department or a school administrator," the statement read.
Bryant coached volleyball at Heritage High School for 18 years before retiring in 2017, according to a Facebook post