OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR SOUGHT SEX WITH 8-YEAR-OLD, FBI SAYS
April 20, 2021
Joshua Rhett Miller
An Ohio school district employee who thought he was arranging sex with an 8-year-old girl showed up at a hotel with candy, condoms and a bottle of NyQuil, FBI officials said.
Bradley Willem Beun, 41, of Uniontown, was busted Friday at a hotel in Akron, where the stomach-churning items he agreed to bring in an earlier online chat with an FBI undercover investigator were found inside his car, FBI officials in Cleveland said Monday.
Beun, who worked as director of special services for Springfield Local School District, allegedly had an online chat with the undercover FBI employee on Thursday and Friday.
“It is alleged that Mr. Beun and the undercover employee discussed Mr. Beun meeting the undercover employee and the employee’s purported eight-year-old daughter at a hotel for sex,” the agency’s Cleveland division said in a statement.
Beun then showed up at the prearranged location, a Fairfield Inn and Suites, just before 11 a.m. Friday with items that had been requested during the earlier chat – including Skittles, condoms and a bottle of NyQuil, the FBI said.
The items were “consistent” with what Beun agreed to bring to the hotel, according to an affidavit cited by the Akron Beacon Journal.
Beun also appeared to be wearing the same clothes he had on a day earlier. The photo he messaged to the undercover officer Thursday was apparently taken at an employee’s bathroom in the school district, the newspaper reported.
Beun allegedly arrived at the hotel and parked before messaging the undercover cop to come outside with the girl. The FBI investigator balked at that request and Beun left, according to the affidavit.
He later returned when the undercover investigator said he would come out with the girl and was arrested.
Beun had earlier asked about the 8-year-old’s appearance and told the FBI employee that he had “never done this before,” the affidavit states.
“Sounds cute,” Beun allegedly replied of her purported appearance, before going on to describe what sex acts he wanted to perform on the girl. He also asked if the girl was into “anything rough,” the affidavit shows.
Beun, who was charged federally with coercion or enticement, has been put on paid administrative leave following his arrest, Springfield Local School District Superintendent Chuck Sincere said in a statement to The Post. He was hired in July 2013.
“I want to stress that the FBI informed us that he was not arrested on school grounds and the incident does not involve any student from the Springfield School District,” Sincere said.
Beun is also barred from school grounds and functions, as well as being prohibited from doing any business on behalf of the district, Sincere said.
Investigators searched Beun’s district office on Friday, leaving staffers stunned, Sincere told the Beacon Journal.
“We were blown away – we were just knocked out, because we worked every day with him,” Sincere said.
Beun, whose initial court appearance was set for Monday, remained in custody Tuesday, an FBI spokeswoman told The Post. He’s due back in court on April 22.
Attorneys for Beun could not be reached for comment Monday, the Beacon Journal reported.
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