Former teacher accused of traveling to meet girl for sex

Andrew Bayard taken to Brevard County Jail, held on $70K bond

Andrew Bayard.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A former teacher has been arrested after he traveled to meet a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

Agents arrested Andrew Bayard, 32, of Merritt Island, after he traveled Friday afternoon to a prearranged location in Brevard County.

Deputies said the investigation began in July after a former student of Bayard's reported that she had previously had an inappropriate relationship that began when he was her teacher at Suntree Elementary.

The student had since moved out of state and reported the relationship to her father after Bayard began texting her and sent her an obscene video of himself, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A Sheriff's Office agent assumed the teen's communication with Bayard. Deputies said during these conversations, the agent, acting as the child, advised that the teenager would be in Brevard County on the weekend of Aug. 28.

Bayard contacted the agent earlier Friday for the purpose of meeting the teenage girl for sex. Deputies said Bayard made arrangements to meet the girl at a prearranged location and was arrested after he arrived at the location by agents.

Bayard was employed with the Brevard County School system during the 2013-14 school year at Kennedy Middle School and Suntree Elementary and 2014-15 at Viera High School. Deputies said Bayard's contract was not renewed for this school year.

Bayard has been charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex and transmission of harmful material to a minor. Deputies said Bayard was taken to the Brevard County Jail, where he is being held on $70,000 bond.

Agents are continuing to investigate the allegation of a previous relationship between Bayard and the victim. Deputies said agents are asking that anyone who has information to call either Agent Wendy Wheeler or Agent Mary Adams of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office SVU Unit at 321-633-8419 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Deputies said all information made to Crimeline is confidential and tipsters may be eligible for a reward.

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