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Published on May 16, 2024
Greenacres School Security Monitor Charged with Offense Against Student at John I. Leonard HighSource: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

A school security monitor at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, Florida, is facing charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student. Brandon J. McCrary, 27, was arrested and charged with offense against students by an authority figure, according to Palm Beach County Jail records.

Reports from the Palm Beach School District Police Department surfaced after the student revealed the alleged relationship to a teacher via text messages. These messages were subsequently shared with the authorities. McCrary, who had only been employed at the school since December 2023, had his work credentials revoked and was escorted off campus by law enforcement officials, as WPBF reported.

Investigations began on April 15 when the school district's officers were informed of the alleged inappropriate relationship. The student, speaking on condition of anonymity, communicated with the school's art teacher about the relationship, leading to an official report filed with the Department of Child Services. The Palm Beach School District's affidavit details that the bond between McCrary and the student was initiated through Instagram messages back in December 2023, with subsequent offline encounters beginning after a conversation about the student braiding McCrary's hair, as CBS12 disclosed.

The student intimated that what began with flirting eventually escalated to sexual interactions, which reportedly took place off-campus. In a perplexed state, she mentioned to the teacher in a text message, "But no fr don't tell anyone yet lol. But ima say 4 to 5 idk." When questioned by investigators, McCrary initially denied knowing the student but later admitted to having consensual sexual encounters on two occasions. He claimed they were off-campus, involving driving around and getting food rather than at their homes, CBS12 reported.

Currently held on $25,000 bail, McCrary has been ordered to have no contact with the student. The case brings forth critical concerns about the safety of students and the trust placed in school authority figures.

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