Principal, Lawyer Respond To Allegations Against Teacher

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The principal of Millard North High School has reacted to the news that a teacher has been arrested on charges of sexual assault, enticement and child pornography.

Thirty-six-year-old Bryan Black, a first-year English teacher, was taken into custody at the school Friday afternoon after a resource officer contacted police. He was booked Saturday morning.

Millard North Principal Brian Begley sent a letter to parents Saturday night, calling it a "very serious situation. As soon as these concerns came to our attention, we immediately contacted authorities. These are extremely serious charges and our first concern is with the minor involved."

Begley said Black has been placed on administrative leave. The district says it does background checks on employees using local, state and federal information. It also checks the child abuse registry.

According to a police report obtained by WOWT 6 News, the victim was taken from the school to Project Harmony to be interviewed. A police investigation is ongoing.

WOWT 6 News reached out to Black's family for comment, but they declined to speak. Black's attorney, Joseph Howard, issued this statement:

"Bryan Black will likely be arraigned on Monday where he will plead not guilty and will request a preliminary hearing. We look forward to scrutinizing the state's evidence and presenting his defense."