Teacher, church youth leader charged with indecent liberties with a child

Teacher, church youth leader charged with indecent liberties with a child
Daniel Joseph Dyer (Source: Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A Cleveland County math teacher, youth leader and YMCA employee was arrested Tuesday and charged with indecent liberties with a child.

The investigation into 27-year-old Daniel Joseph Dyer began after the alleged victim’s parents found inappropriate messages on the child’s cell phone, specifically the Grinder and Snapchat apps, according to deputies.

A forensic analysis was then done on Dyer’s phone and charges were filed against him.

According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Dyer was a math teacher at Cleveland Early College, a part-time employee at the Kings Mountain YMCA, and a youth leader at Kings Mountain First Baptist.

The sheriff’s office is asking parents of any children who came into contact with Dyer to check their child’s cell phone for any inappropriate messages, and to check the department’s Facebook page for a list of apps that are dangerous for children to have.

Dyer was arrested and given a $25,000 bond.

Major Joel Shores with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office spoke about the investigation in an interview with WBTV Wednesday night.

“The way we interpret it is, he wanted to meet him, which probably wanted to meet him and turn around and have sex with him,” said Shores.

He said that investigators are still looking into the case, and still have possession of Dyer’s phone.

“This is the first time we’ve ever dealt with this individual so we don’t know. We’re still going through the phone. We’re still investigating,” said Shores.

The major credited the 15-year-old’s father for checking his son’s phone for inappropriate content.

“This is just one that we never would have known about if the parent hadn’t been nosey,” he said.

The major said he encourages parents to be cautious about what phones they allow their children to have.

“I would just encourage parents to really think through, does your child need a phone that has access to the internet?” questioned Shores.

He said it is possible Dyer tried to contact other juveniles. Shores is asking that parents check their children’s phones to see if they have had contact with Dyer.

According to Cleveland County Schools, Dyer has resigned from his teaching position at Cleveland Early College.

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