July 1, 2006
34-year-old Stephen Wyman has been released from jail on a $40,000 bond. Wyman, a former teacher at McCormick Middle School, is accused of showing pornographic material in the classroom.
Parents we spoke to say it took their kids several months to get the courage to finally come forward, and now their parents are doing everything they can to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"They're in charge of your children from eight to three. You got to have complete trust," says Pfc. Charlie Coxe, father of one of the alleged victims.
"He said a teacher called him in and wanted to show him stuff on a computer. He described what he had seen and nothing else was said, he said he felt very uncomfortable and turned around and walked out," Pfc. Coxe says.
What Wyman showed the boy was something this officer by day and father by night couldn't believe.
"I was in awe," says Pfc. Coxe. "I'm used to being the person taking the reports. I'm used to being the person saying, 'Gee, I'm sorry.' And this time it hit close to home...my child."
But his 12-year-old son may or may not have been the first or the last.
"He was a mentor and a friend of ours," says Michelle Coffee, mother of another alleged victim. "They did a lot of things out of school."
Coffee says when she first met Wyman, she even took the extra step of asking other parents about him and doing a background check.
"Nothing," she says.
She says Wyman didn't just show her son obscene material--he fondled him.
"I wanted to track him down and let him know how upset I was with my hands or anything else I could find," Coffee says.
Wyman posted bond on Saturday, July 1 after he was charged with lewd act on a minor, dissemination of obscene material to a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The parents are left wondering just how many more children are bearing the weight of this disturbing secret on their shoulders.
"I will not stop until he pays for his crime," says Coffee.
Wyman will face trial on October 23.
If your child has been a victim in a case like this, you're encouraged to call authorities.