MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey is requesting the bond for a man charged with sexually abusing a student be increased.
Floyd Middle Magnet School teacher Michael Bradley was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count each of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19 and second-degree sexual abuse. Bradley has since been released from jail on an $8,000 bond, but Bailey submitted a motion requesting his bond be increased to $250,000. Court documents cite reasons for the increase, stating Bradley poses a danger to the community, particularly children.
“Based on these reasons the State asks that a bond be set that is higher than the $30,000 maximum total recommended by the bail schedule,” the motion reads. “The State asks that the Court impose a $250,000 total bond.”
The State also requests that Bradley have no contact with the victim or members of the victim’s family and that Bradley be barred from schools and childcare facilities.
Bradley remains on leave from his position with Montgomery Public Schools.
MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore is defending the school system after some parents voiced frustration they’d learned of the teacher’s arrest from the media and not from MPS.
“In any personnel issue, no matter who it is, we have to follow personnel policy and procedures to address it from our perspective at the school district, and then the legal authorities kick in and they do it from their perspective,” Moore explained.
The superintendent added that “you’re usually, in America, you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, and so you don’t go out and spread information about what may or may not have happened until someone gets their day in court to prove otherwise.”
Bradley has been with MPS for six years but only in his position with Floyd since Jan. 6. The allegation against him is that he sexually abused the student victim on campus just weeks later on Jan. 23.
MPS says it notified the Alabama Department of Human Resources and placed Bradley on leave on Jan. 24.
The Montgomery Police Department opened its investigation into the teacher on Jan. 29 and arrested him a week later.