UPDATE: Chesterfield band teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct toward student

- A Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School band teacher has been charged with criminal sexual conduct of a student, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, April 27, the sheriff's office was notified by the Chesterfield Co. School District Office of a possible inappropriate relationship between a band teacher and a 14-year-old student at the middle school. The band teacher, Bryce Benning, 23, was put on administrative leave, according to the sheriff's office. Benning resigned Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday morning, April 28, a forensic interview was taken from the victim and shorty afterwards Benning was interviewed and admitted to an inappropriate relationship with the student. 

Benning has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree.

The relationship between Benning and the student was consensual, according to the Chesterfield Co. sheriff. 

The sheriff said technology and social media has made it easier for teachers to access their students personally and vice versa.

The sheriff's department offers classes and has taught classes to the school district to help teachers and students understand the appropriate ways of communicating with one another, like texting. 

The school district says it does training at the beginning of the year and with each new employee regarding student-teacher relations. 

If Benning is convicted he would be added to the sex offender registry, but since he has been charged with the lowest degree of sexual conduct he could be removed from the list by going through an alternative program, according to the sheriff. 

Benning was booked at the Chesterfield Co. Detention Center, made bond and has been released until an undetermined court date.


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