Parents outraged over expected sexting plea - FOX 35 News Orlando

Parents outraged over expected `sexting` plea

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Parents are outraged after a Portage, Indiana teacher--who admitted to sexting their daughters--won't be going to prison.

When he was charged, middle school teacher Bryan Tyman faced from 6 to 20 years in prison for a sex crime and 3 more years for his sexting. Now, it's likely he'll be getting no prison time and the victim's parents are furious.

"We send our children to school to be educated, not to be sexually preyed on," says Roy Peeler, the victim's father."

"He took the innocence away from children," the girl's mother adds.

Roy Peeler and Heather Antecki will be in a Porter County courtroom on Wednesday, when Bryan Tyman, is expected to plead guilty. Tyman was teaching 8th grade social studies at a Portage middle school last winter when he was charged with sending inappropriate, sex-related text messages and a nude photo of his private parts to three of his students.

"He was sending her messages like all he wanted for Christmas was her, and a joint, marijuana," Peeler explains.

Tyman was later charge with another sex crime: having sex with a former student before she was 16. That's the legal age for consent in Indiana. But prosecutors recently advised the victim's families that as part of a plea deal, the more serious sex charge would be dropped. Tyman insists the girl was 16, so he'll be sentenced to one year of home confinement, 6 years of probation, and 10 years as a registered sex offender.

But the girl's father believes that's not enough.

"He needs to be put in prison," he says.

Prosecutors wouldn't comment on the controversial plea deal, but Tyman's attorney told FOX 32: "He acknowledges he was wrong and he should have known better."

The victim's parents want more than that apology and the sentence that's expected with his plea.

"I mean, the at home probation, I mean, that's what drunk drivers get this is not that type of case," says Antecki. "This is more serious than that."

Tyman has also agreed to never work as a teacher again. In order to prove he wasn't guilty of having sex with a minor, he produced a letter to her where he wrote, "My love for you must be kept quiet until you are old enough."

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