Showing posts with label Melbourne. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Melbourne. Show all posts

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fatal Crash On Aurora Road In Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Florida – A man did not survive the injuries he sustained in a crash that occurred around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Turtle Mound Road and Aurora Road in Melbourne, Florida.

Witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol that 40-year-old Christopher Vasquez was driving a 2014 Ford westbound on Aurora Road at a high rate of speed while being chased by a black passenger vehicle.

Meanwhile, a 2016 Toyota driven by 72-year-old Harley Watkins was traveling northbound on Turtle Mound Road.

According to the FHP, Vasquez ran a stop sign at the intersection of Aurora Road and Turtle Mound Road, causing the Ford to strike the rear of the Toyota.

The Ford then continued westbound and struck a 2014 Jeep driven by 80-year-old David Katz.

A 34-year-old male passenger in the Ford, Ricardo Guadelupe, died at the scene.

Vasquez is in critical condition and was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

Watkins and Katz suffered minor injuries.

Everyone involved in the crash are from Melbourne, Florida.

Stray Bullets Hit Stone Magnet Middle School

MELBOURNE, Florida – Parents are upset because they were not notified by Brevard Public Schools that bullets struck Stone Magnet Middle School while students were still on campus for extracurricular activities just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2017.

Stone Middle School is located at 1101 East University Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida. The bullets are presumed to be strays from a shooting that occurred around the same time at Lizzy’s Restaurant which is located less than a quarter-of-a-mile from the school at 1301 East University Boulevard.

More than 50 rounds were fired at Lizzy’s without anyone being seriously injured, police say.

“Yes, bullets struck a school building at Stone Middle after school hours. No students or staff were affected,” Brevard Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed told Brevard Times

“The case is still under investigation by Melbourne P.D., So, I can’t provide further comment on it. However, we always recommend that parents share their concerns and seek answers directly with their school principals.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BPS: Teacher Failed To Get Prompt Medical Treatment For VPK Student’s Head Injury

Sherwood Elementary School

MELBOURNE, Florida – A preschool teacher was recently suspended after she allegedly failed to immediately send a four-year-old student to the clinic when the child suffered an injury to the face and head on the playground at Sherwood Elementary School in Melbourne, Florida.

Catherine Barhold of Melbourne, Florida, also allegedly failed to promptly notify the child’s parents and the BPS administration of the preschooler’s injury that occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m. on November 17, 2017.

According to documents filed with the Brevard Public School Board, Barhold has been disciplined for similar alleged violations in the past:

July 17, 2017 – A  Suspension for leaving a child unattended in a classroom;
May 18, 2016 – A Letter of Reprimand for lack of supervision; and
May 2, 2016 – A Letter of Reprimand for allowing students to engage in unsafe behavior.

On January 23, 2018, the Brevard Public School Board suspended Barhold for three days without pay that is scheduled to take place on January 29-31, 2018.

Image credit: Google

Monday, January 22, 2018

Deputy, Deceased Man Identified In Deputy-Involved Viera Shooting

VIERA, Florida – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the deputy and deceased man involved in last night’s officer-involved shooting in Viera, Florida.

The decedent is identified as 46-year-old Ronald Jay Lawson of Cocoa, Florida. The deputy is identified as Corporal David Turbeville, a 3½ year veteran of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

During his employment with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, he has served in Patrol as a deputy, Field Training Officer and was promoted to his current position of Corporal in 2016. Prior to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Turbeville was an officer with the Cocoa Beach Police Department for four years.

On January 21, 2018, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop at approximately 6:11 p.m. in the area of Parkway Drive and U.S. Highway 1 in Melbourne, Florida.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver pulled away and began travelling north on U.S. 1. Deputies day that the vehicle continued without stopping and displayed a driving pattern consistent with that of an impaired driver.

Stop sticks were later deployed which successfully disabling three tires. However, Lawson continued northbound to the area of Viera Boulevard and US 1 where the vehicle was stopped.

When deputies made contact with Lawson, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, he allegedly displayed aggressive and overt actions that caused the deputy to respond with deadly force.

Lawson was later transported to a local hospital in serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

As is customary in officer involved shootings, Corporal Turbeville has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Melbourne Woman Charged With Murdering Her Mother

MELBOURNE, Florida – Stefanie Dobson of Melbourne, Florida, has been charged with murdering her own mother.

On January 13, 2018, patrol officers responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive female covered in blood at 675 Short Hills Lane, in Melbourne, Florida.

When police arrived, they met with 38-year-old Stefanie Dobson and her daughter in front of the apartment building. Dobson told police that she had just returned from an outing with her daughter when she discovered her mother, Susan Dobson, lying on the living room floor.

Crime Scene Investigators noted that there was no sign of forced entry into the apartment. The victim had what appeared to be defensive wounds and injuries that appeared to be the result of blunt force trauma. 

Investigators also noted several partial bloody footprints that had appeared to have dried hours before police arrived. 

During an interview, Stefanie Dobson told police that she made the footprints after discovering the body. However, investigators determined that blood splatter occurred on top of the dried footprints, indicating that the footprints were made during the commission of the murder.

Investigators believe that an ornamental elephant statue was used as the murder weapon, which would be the second time within a year that an elephant statute was used as a weapon in a Melbourne homicide.

Police also obtained a third-party witness statement that Stefanie Dobson allegedly asked a friend to kill her mother a week prior to the murder taking place.

After police completed their investigation, Stefanie Dobson was charged with Second Degree Murder for the alleged matricide and booked into the Brevard County Jail on January 18.

2 Million Credit Cards Compromised At Jason’s Deli

Jason's Deli Logo

MELBOURNE, Florida – Over 2 million customer credit cards used a Jason’s Deli restaurants have been compromised across the United States, including a location  in Melbourne, Florida.

Jason’s Deli said in a statement that criminals used the malware to obtain payment card information off of point-of-sale terminals beginning on June 8, 2017.

An internal investigation has determined that approximately 2 million unique payment card numbers may have been impacted.

Specifically, the payment card information obtained was full track data from a payment card’s magnetic stripe.

While this information varies from card issuer to card issuer, full track data can include the following: cardholder name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, cardholder verification value, and service code.

However, it should be noted that the cardholder verification value that may have been compromised is not the same as the three-digit value printed on the back of certain payment cards (e.g., Discover, MasterCard, and Visa) or the four-digit value printed on the front of other payment cards (e.g., American Express).

Also the track data does not include personal identification numbers (“PINs”) associated with debit cards.

If you think you have been affected, you can contact (i) your credit or debit card company to report the potential unauthorized activity; and (ii) contact [email protected] or call 409-838-1976 (Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm EST), to obtain more information about the breach and the options available to you at this time.

Consumers may also obtain a copy of their credit report, free of charge, once every 12 months by visiting or call 1-877-322-8228.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Circuit City Set To Re-Launch After Bankruptcy

Closed Circuit City In Merritt Island, Florida

Electronics retailer Circuit City is set to re-launch after filing for bankruptcy and closing its stores in 2009.

According to the technology and consumer industry publication, Circuit City will relaunch first as a e-commerce website on February 15, 2018 and later deploy kiosks and showrooms in brick-and-mortar locations.

Under new leadership, the company announced a partnership with IBM Watson commerce, which incorporates AI and other new retail technologies to its web platform.

Once the “go-to” electronics store in the 1990’s, the chain found itself playing catch up in the early 2000’s on both store design and pricing with big box retailers such as Walmart and head-to-head competitor Best Buy. 

Before closing its doors, Circuit City had 49 locations in Florida, including two in Brevard County on Merritt Island and in Melbourne, Florida.

Image credit: Google

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Melbourne High marching band selected for Washington, D.C. parade

MELBOURNE, Florida – Melbourne High’s Pride of Mel-Hi Marching Band will perform in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 2018. The school was one of only 13 bands from across the nation selected to participate.

The two-hour procession will travel along Constitution Avenue and marks the conclusion of the four-week long Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival takes place in March and April and commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to the nation’s capital. The parade draws an on-site audience of more than 150,000 people and is nationally syndicated to an estimated 82 percent of U.S. television markets.

“I am incredibly proud and honored to be a part of this special group of people,” said Joshua Sall, Melbourne High director of bands. “The Melbourne High School Pride of Mel-Hi Band, Melbourne High School, the parents and community are an incredible group of people who came together to help us achieve this awesome honor.”

Approximately 196 people, including students, staff and chaperones, will travel for this opportunity. It will cost the band more than $125,000 to make the trip. To help with the associated costs, the band created a fundraising campaign which can be found at

“We are so excited to travel up to our nation’s capital and represent Mel-Hi, the city of Melbourne, and Brevard County Schools. The students and I are absolutely thrilled to have this honor,” said Sall.

For more information or to contribute to the fundraising effort, visit or contact Joshua Sall, Melbourne High director of bands, at [email protected].

Photo credit: BPS

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Melbourne Christmas Light Parade Route, Date, Start Time

MELBOURNE, Florida – The 2017 City of Melbourne Light Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 6 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m.

Melbourne’s lighted Christmas parade will stage on Orlando Melbourne International Airport property located at the northeast corner of Airport Boulevard and NASA Boulevard (100 West NASA Boulevard, also known as the old Scotty’s parking lot and adjacent grassy area behind Keiser University).

The Melbourne Light Parade will begin by traveling west on NASA Boulevard, then head south on Airport Boulevard, turn west on Hibiscus Boulevard, and end at Gateway Drive. 

The parade’s Grand Marshal for this year is American Muscle Car Museum’s Mark Pieloch and will feature floats, bands, music, dance teams and Santa.

Portions of NASA  Boulevard, Airport  Boulevard, and Hibiscus Boulevard, will be closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the event.

Map Credit: City of Melbourne

Monday, October 16, 2017

Florida Tech Homecoming 2017 Offers Music, Sports, a Gala and More

Florida Institute of Technology Cheerleaders

MELBOURNE, Florida – The theme for Florida Institute of Technology’s 2017 Homecoming is “Old Hollywood,” a fitting focus given the action, drama, laughs and thrills the multi-day celebration promises to provide.

Running Nov. 1-4, the annual gathering of alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members from the Space Coast and points beyond will feature a carnival, live sporting events, a free concert, an awards gala and much more.

It all starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Homecoming Kickoff sponsored by Greek Life. The two-hour event, happening at Crawford Green on the Florida Tech campus, will offer food and giveaways, the introduction of the Homecoming King and Queen, and other activities and games.

Here’s a look at other Homecoming highlights:

Thursday, Nov. 2

6 p.m.: Meg O’Malley’s presents the FIT Homecoming 5K Walk/Run in downtown Melbourne. Features T-shirts, goody bags and a post-race party at Meg’s. Visit to register and for more information.

7 p.m.: You’ve just shown your talent for running. Now see what talents Florida Tech students have as they put on a talent show at Clemente Center.

Friday, Nov. 3

6 p.m.-midnight: Homecoming Fest in downtown Melbourne. The Florida Tech Alumni Association has joined forces with Melbourne Mainstreet to offer a memorable evening featuring street vendors, food, drinks and free music from the Scottish rock band The Fratellis. Visit for more details.

Saturday, Nov. 4

11 a.m.: Tailgate party on campus.

1-4 p.m.: Homecoming football game: Panthers vs. the University of West Georgia Wolves at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. The Homecoming King and Queen will be presented at halftime. More information and tickets at

6-10 p.m.: Homecoming Awards Gala, Clemente Center. Dinner and awards, including the presentation of the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award, followed by dancing and live music. Registration at

6-10 p.m. Carnival at Crawford Green. This fun event will include food trucks and carnival games amid the Old Hollywood theme.

Photo credit: FIT

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Homeless Man Arrested For Harboring 11-Year-Old Runaway Girl

MELBOURNE, Florida – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 65-year-old John Martin Kelly III, for harboring an 11-year-old runaway girl early Wednesday morning.

Kelly was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he was located at a convenience store in the City of Melbourne. He is charged with Interference with Child Custody and is being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $2000.00 Bond.

The investigation started Wednesday morning after the child’s guardian reported her missing from her home in Melbourne. The child was last seen at the residence at approximately 2:00 a. m.

Investigators determined the child had encountered Kelly in the area of the Northgate Shopping Plaza off of Wickham Road.

Investigators say that the child confided in Kelly that she was running away from home. Kelly then bought food for the child and offered to let her stay with him in his van as he was homeless.

Kelly allegedly told the child that he would not contact law enforcement or her family. Kelly then drove the child to a wooded area in Melbourne where the child ran from the van after Kelly fell asleep.

The child was later located at approximately 9:00 a.m. walking along Wickham Road, just south of Lake Washington Road, by a citizen who recognized the child from a social media post. The child was safely returned to her family.

Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Stacie Moore of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victims Unit, at 321-633-8419 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and the caller may remain anonymous.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Boil Water Notice Rescinded For All Of Melbourne, Florida

UPDATE: The precautionary boil water notice issued on Oct. 5 is rescinded for all Melbourne water customers.

MELBOURNE, Florida – The City of Melbourne has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the following areas:

Indian Harbour Beach
Melbourne Beach
Melbourne Village
Palm Shores
Satellite Beach
West Melbourne

Unincorporated Brevard South of Pineda Causeway (Customers who live in unincorporated Brevard County located south of Pineda Causeway and receive a water bill from the City of Melbourne. Suntree and Viera are served by the City of Cocoa water system – not Melbourne.)

The boil water notice remains in effect as of Friday, October, 6, 2017. This precautionary boil water notice is expected to remain in effect until the required bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.  Residents will be provided with a notification at that time.

Officials say that the water pressure in the distribution system dropped below the minimum of 20 psi allowed by state regulations. The drop in pressure was caused by a transmission main break at the water production facilities.

Due to the drop in water pressure, as a precaution, the City of Melbourne is advising that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes, be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.

Despite the boil water notice, Brevard Public Schools’ operations continue as normal. According to BPS, parents are advised to not check-out students.

The affected schools have been supplied with clean water for drinking and cooking and restrooms remain open. Hand sanitizer has also been distributed throughout the affected schools.

Image credit: Google 

September 2017 Sets Record Rainfall For Melbourne, Florida

MELBOURNE, Florida – Brevard County broke some rainfall records in September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma and other weather systems, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida.

Melbourne set their wettest September on record with 20.94 inches for the month, which was 13.30 inches above normal. This ranks as the wettest September on record, breaking the previous record of 19.68 inches set in September of 1948. Records for this site go back to 1937.

September 2017 also came in just 0.13 inches shy of setting Melbourne’s all time monthly rainfall record, which still stands at 21.06 inches during Tropical Storm Fay in August of 2008.

The heavy precipitation from Irma alone accounted for 60 to 80 percent of rainfall for the month, and therefore was largely responsible for totals that were well above normal. Observed amounts across much of the region in September were around 10 to 15 inches, with locally higher amounts of 20 to 25 inches in some spots.

Rainfall Before Irma In Early September

Scattered afternoon showers and storms, typical of the wet season, occurred each day to begin September, with locally heavy rainfall between 3 to 5 inches across Brevard County on the 2nd, leading to a new daily rainfall record at Melbourne.

A weak front moved into Florida on the 7th and lingered across the area ahead of Hurricane Irma, increasing shower and storm coverage across northern portions of east Central Florida on the 8th and 9th.

Rainfall During Irma

Heavy rain bands from Irma then covered the region into the 10th as it lifted northward across the western Florida peninsula, producing widespread torrential rainfall amounts through early on the 11th.

Total rain amounts from Irma were in the range of 7 to 12 inches for most areas in east Central Florida. Daily rainfall records were easily smashed at all primary climate sites on the 10th, and in fact Sanford, Melbourne and Fort Pierce set new all-time daily maximum rainfall records.

Rainfall After Irma In Late September

Periods of lower shower and storm coverage occurred with drier air that built in behind Irma and in northerly flow well west of Hurricane Maria later in the month. However, deeper moisture associated with a weak frontal boundary on the 22nd and 23rd, as well as with an inverted trough and weak low that moved northward into Central Florida at the end of the month, brought brief periods of increased rainfall across the region.

Daily Record Rainfall for Melbourne:

September 2nd: Record daily rainfall of 4.62 inches. Previous record was 2.35 inches last set in 1977.

September 10th: Record daily rainfall of 10.23 inches. Previous record was 1.23 inches last set in 1992. This is also the all-time daily maximum rainfall amount ever recorded for this site, with records extending back to 1937.

Source: NWS/Melbourne. Image credit: NASA

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Melbourne Man Killed In Weather Related Crash

COCOA, Florida – A Brevard County man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a weather-related crash on State Road 524 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Around 1:24 p.m., 32-year-old Aston Johnson of Orange City, Florida was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck eastbound on State Road 524 near Cocoa, Florida.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Christopher Agard was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer westbound on State Road 524.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Dodge Ram began to hydroplane and traveled into the westbound lanes. The front, right side of the Dodge struck the front, left of the Ford.

Following the impact, the Ford traveled on the north shoulder and came to a final rest in a water-filled ditch located west of the intersection of State Road 524 and Precious Boulevard.

As a result of a lingering low pressure system, Brevard County has experienced heavy, cumulative rainfall amounts that has led to flash flooding of roads and localized flooding of roadside ditches

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Melbourne Police Arrest Barricaded Man

MELBOURNE, Florida – Melbourne police arrested a man who had barricaded himself in a residence on Monday night.

Just before 10 p.m. on October 2, 2016, the Melbourne Police Department received a 911 hang-up call from a residence on Maderia Circle in Melbourne, Florida.

Officers responded to the residence when dispatchers could not gain understandable information from the caller.

When police arrived at the residence, they could view the caller through the front window talking on the phone with a gun in his hand.

Police say that 67-year-old Carlos A. Flores then fired several rounds within the residence and at one point verbally threatened an officer while holding a firearm by his side. The Melbourne SWAT team and Crisis Negotiation Unit were then called and responded to the scene.

When protracted attempts at communicating with the suspect failed, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office tactical robot was sent into the residence where it helped to determine Flores’ location.

Police then introduced chemical agents into the home which was followed by a tactical entry into the residence.

Flores was taken into custody without further incident. There were no other occupants in the residence during the incident.

After being medically cleared, Flores was booked at the Melbourne Police Department and turned over to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

$58,000 Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Florida — The Florida Lottery announced that three tickets matched all of the numbers drawn in last night’s Fantasy 5 jackpot. 

One of those winning tickets worth $58,015.26 each was sold at One Stop Food & Discount Beverages located at 2017 Post Road in Melbourne, Florida. 

The other winning tickets were sold in Lauderhill and Holly Hill.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for September 25, 2017 are: 05-14-20-26-28.

There were also 252 tickets that matched 4 out of 5 numbers for a prize of $111.00.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

You can always view the latest winning number results for all Florida Lottery games HERE.

Image credit: Florida Lottery

Monday, September 18, 2017

Melbourne Water Supply Conditions Return to Normal

MELBOURNE, Florida – The City of Melbourne’s water production has returned to normal capacity following Hurricane Irma. Therefore, the Melbourne Water Department is no longer urging customers to strictly conserve water.

Melbourne water customers are in the following communities:
Indian Harbour Beach
Melbourne Beach
Melbourne Village
Palm Shores
Satellite Beach
West Melbourne

Unincorporated Brevard South of Pineda Causeway (Customers who live in unincorporated Brevard County located south of Pineda Causeway and receive a water bill from the City of Melbourne. Suntree and Viera are served by the City of Cocoa water system – not Melbourne.)

Hurricane Irma had considerably degraded the water quality in Melbourne’s main source of water, Lake Washington. 

For several days after the hurricane, it took a great deal more water and time in the production process to treat and deliver safe water to south Brevard County customers.

Image credit: Google  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cops: Florida Man Passes Out Drunk Behind Wheel On Way To Pick Up Kid From School

MELBOURNE, Florida – A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly passed out behind the wheel at an intersection while driving under the influence with a toddler on board on his way to pick up another child from school in Melbourne, Florida.

According to the Melbourne Police Department, officers were notified of a motorist who was reported to be passed out behind the steering wheel of a vehicle.

When police arrived on scene, they located a vehicle on Hibiscus Boulevard at the intersection of South Harbor City Boulevard. Police say that the vehicle ignition was turned on, in gear, and the driver had his foot on the brake.

Police also say that they observed an open container of alcohol in 32-year-old Travis Paul Taffer’s hand.

After the officers observed a 16-month-old child in the backseat, they reached into the vehicle, placed the vehicle park, and woke up Taffer. Police say that it appeared to them that Taffer was under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants.

During the course of the investigation, also learned that Taffer was on his way to pick up a 7-year-old child from school.

Taffer then underwent field sobriety exercises where officers determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants to the point his normal faculties were impaired. The Satellite Beach man was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI with a minor in the vehicle, driving while license suspend with knowledge, and open container. He was later transported to the Brevard County Jail.

The toddler’s mother responded to the scene to pick up the child.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

State Attorney Files Charges Against Sebastian Cop For K-9 Hot Car Death

‘Diesel’ the police dog died after being left in a hot patrol car. Credit: Sebastian Police Department

MELBOURNE, Florida –  The State Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial Circuit notified the Sebastian Police Department that it has decided to file criminal charges against Officer Eric Antosia  who left his K-9 in a hot patrol car.

The police dog died after being left in the patrol car by his handler outside the Brevard County Courthouse in Melbourne, Florida on Friday, April 28, 2017.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, temperatures climbed to a high of 88 degrees Fahrenheit that day.

Ofc. Antosia is being charged with Cruelty to Animals, F.S. 828.12 (1), a first degree misdemeanor.

Ofc. Antosia is being placed on administrative leave without pay effective immediately pending the final outcome of the criminal case which is standard procedure in such situations upon the filing of formal criminal charges.

In accordance with Florida law, the Sebastian Police Department has held the finalization of any administrative investigation (internal affairs case) in abeyance until the conclusion of the criminal prosecution. Once the criminal case is finished, the administrative investigation will be completed.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Brevard County Public Schools Teacher Pleads Guilty To Molesting Student

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – A Brevard County Public Schools teacher was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 10 years of probation by Brevard County Circuit Court Judge David Dugan on Wednesday after he plead guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14 years of age, one count of molesting a child 12 to 16 years of age, four counts of possession of material depicting a sexual conduct by a child, and one count of using an electronic device to transmit harmful material to a minor.

In August 2015, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Bayard of Merritt Island, Florida, after he traveled to a prearranged location in Brevard County to meet what he thought was a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship.

The investigation began in July 2015, after a former student of Bayard’s reported that she had previously had an inappropriate relationship that began when he was her teacher at Suntree Elementary.

The student had since moved out of state and reported the relationship to her father after the 34-year-old teacher began texting her and sent her an obscene video of himself.

A Sheriff’s Office Agent assumed the teen’s communication with Bayard. During these conversations, the Agent, acting as the child, advised Bayard that the teenager would be in Brevard County on the weekend of August 28, 2015.  Investigators say that Bayard then contacted the Agent for the purpose of meeting the teenage girl for sex.

Bayard then made arrangements to meet the girl at a prearranged location and was arrested after he arrived at the location by Agents.

Bayard was employed with the Brevard County School system during the 2013-14 school year at Kennedy Middle School and Suntree Elementary and 2014-15 at Viera High School.

Bayard’s contract with Brevard County Public Schools was not renewed following his arrest.

Bayard is among a long list of Brevard Public School employees who have been charged with sexual offenses related to children in recent years.

In July 2017, a former BPS bus driver and substitute teacher was arrested on allegations of child molestation.

Just last month, a Satellite High School teacher was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and promotion of sexual performance of a child under 16 years of age.

In June 2016, a Spessard Holland Elementary School principal was arrested for possession of child pornography.

In May 2016, an Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School teacher plead guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student.