Former dean at Osceola middle school gets 8 years probation in molestation case

Bradley Linville was arrested in 2021

Bradley Scott Linville's Osceola County Jail booking photo (WKMG)

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The former dean of a middle school in Osceola County was given eight years of supervised probation for molesting a 13-year-old student in 2021.

Bradley Linville pleaded guilty to one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on Friday and was sentenced.

Linville was a dean at Harmony Middle School in 2021 when the sheriff’s office said a 13-year-old student accused him of touching the victim inappropriately on at least three different occasions.

The incidents happened in Linville’s office on school property, officials said.

Linville had been an employee in the school district since 1995 until his contract was not renewed in 2021. He had worked at several schools in that time, but there was no indication of any inappropriate behavior with other students at the time.

Linville was originally charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. One count was dropped shortly after he was arrested.

The other charge was dropped on Friday as part of the plea agreement.

In court on Friday, both the victim and the victim’s mother addressed the court and Linville.

“He looked up to you,” said the victim’s mother. “You have no idea what he was going through at that time, and you preyed on that and on our family.”

Linville was given an opportunity to address the court, and he declined.

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A previous version of this article reported Bradley Linville was sentenced to eight years in prison, however, he was given eight years of probation. We regret the error.

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