Former Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation Charge
A military retiree who had been employed as a Burke County teacher when arrested last summer on child molestation charges was arraigned Friday.
A not-guilty plea was filed in Richmond County Superior Court on behalf of Eddie Byrd, 50. He is accused of aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sexual assault of a student and computer pornography.
Byrd, who is free on bond, is accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage teen he met through Snapchat. He was arrested in June.
Byrd is no longer a teacher with the Burke County Board of Education; he resigned in lieu of firing last year, said Amy Nunnally, public information officer for the school district. Before he was hired in Burke County, Byrd taught at the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School.
Byrd served 21 years in the Army and five years in the Marines before he began teaching, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle.
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