ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orange County middle school teacher has been arrested after deputies say he sexually battered a minor.
Eric Puryear, 48, has been charged with sexual activity with a child in the incident at Robinswood Middle School in Orlando, according to Orange County deputies.
Deputies said the victim reported being sexually battered by a teacher, identified as Puryear, in May 2014. The incident was reported to Orange County Sheriff's Office Saturday.
According to the report, the victim said that the sexual battery took place inside a storage room on school grounds. The victim, a 15-year-old male, said he was forced to go into the storage room, where Puryear began to touch him over and under his clothes.
Puryear was booked into Orange County Jail Monday afternoon.
"I'm totally freaked out about it, completely," said Carmen Cotto, whose daughter attends the middle school.
"It makes you wonder, what are these teachers doing? What are they thinking?" said Sharon Givans, whose daughter had Puryear as a teacher.
"He was a really good teacher. He never looked at anybody like that. I don't believe that," said student Shamiel Givans.
Deputies spent Monday night searching Puryear's home and car.
The Robinswood Middle School athletics website lists Puryear as the boys track coach. Orange County Public Schools officials said Puryear was employed at Robinswood Middle School in May 2014 as a social studies teacher and taught the job skills and resume-writing course since August 2014.
The student came forward after being encouraged by a friend. The report says the student said he felt "shameful, pain, dirty" for what had happened. The report states in 2013 that the assistant principal counseled Puryear for transporting students in his personal car.
He is no longer employed with OCPS, officials said.
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