Teacher Arrest

A middle school teacher and soccer coach is in jail this morning facing charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child, after a former player came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Thirty-one-year-old Ira Tryon, Jr of Fort Walton Beach was arrested Monday at Bruner Middle School.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in November after the victim reported incidents that she said had occurred in 2001 and 2002, when she was a student at Bruner.

Sexual incidents are alleged to have happened at the defendant’s home, the victim’s home, and at the school.

The victim had become close with the man when he was her soccer coach.