LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Circuit Court Judge Edwin Burnette found Kelly Bryant not guilty in a bench trial on Monday. Bryant had been charged with indecent liberties with a child.
At the trial, former Heritage High School student Casey Myers took the stand to testify against her former volleyball coach. Myers accused Bryant of sexual assault for encounters that allegedly began in Myers’s freshman year of high school in the spring of 2009.
Myers came forward in November 2018. She currently works as a Special Education teacher in Richmond.
“I now understand the effects that adults can have in shaping children’s’ lives,” she said in an exclusive interview with WFXR News after testifying. “It was important for me to get my story heard as well. It’s my duty to prevent it from happening to someone else.”
Lynchburg police said Kelly Bryant was arrested on Sunday, February 10. According to jail records, the offense allegedly happened in April of 2009. Bryant was accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a then-student of the school.
School leaders said they were not aware of the incident.
Bryant had been placed on administrative leave.