Ex-teacher granted $100K bond, ordered to stay away from children, smartphones and internet

Ryan Harvey

Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office

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Ryan Harvey

Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office

A former high school orchestra teacher accused of child sex crimes was ordered to live with his parents and cannot have a smartphone, internet access or be near children as part of his bond, granted in court Wednesday, Henry County officials said.

Ryan Harvey, 24, pleaded not guilty to the child sex crimes charges against him in court, Henry County District Attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The former Woodland High teacher was given a $100,000 bond.

Harvey is accused of groping a 15-year-old boy and sending him lewd Snapchat messages.

The boy told school officials the harassment began in September, but the investigation revealed the alleged crimes occurred between July and December of last year, the Henry County District Attorney’s Office previously told The AJC.

Henry County Schools opened an investigation after receiving two anonymous tips in November. Harvey, who was arrested in early February, resigned during the investigation.

He was indicted March 8 on charges of sexual assault of a student, aggravated child molestation, two counts of sexual battery against a child under the age of 16, and three counts of electronically furnishing obscene material to minors.

As part of his bond, Harvey cannot have contact with the alleged victim, witnesses or children and is not allowed to work or volunteer with children. He cannot be near any public parks, schools, day cares, churches or other places where children congregate.

Harvey must also surrender his passport, live at his parents’ McDonough home and cannot be in possession of a smartphone, drugs or images of minors. He is also not allowed internet access and cannot drive alone.

Harvey has not bonded out of jail.

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