Former Lynchburg high school coach now faces a child sex crime

Alleged incident happened in April 2009

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

LYNCHBURG, Va. - A woman who previously coached high school volleyball for nearly two decades is now in jail, charged with a child sex crime.

Kelly Bryant coached at Heritage High School for 18 years before retiring in 2017, according to her Facebook page.

The following message was shared with parents/guardians Monday:

"Dear parents and guardians of Lynchburg City Schools’ Heritage High School students,

Lynchburg City Schools became aware that a Heritage High School faculty member and former coach has been arrested for taking indecent liberties with a child.

Ms. Kelly Bryant, a Remediation lab teacher and former head volleyball coach at Heritage High School, has been charged in Lynchburg with taking indecent liberties with a child. Ms. Bryant has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department.

While we have no knowledge of any inappropriate contact that Ms. Bryant had with any current LCS student, we are notifying our parents and guardians as an added measure to keep our children safe. We continue to encourage parents to talk to your children about safe interactions with adults.

If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the superintendent’s office at (434) 515-5070."

Bryant, arrested Sunday, is charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a child by someone in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

The alleged incident happened in April 2009, according to Bethany Harrison, the commonwealth’s attorney for the city of Lynchburg.

At this time, Bryant is listed as an employee at Heritage High School, according to the district's email directory.

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