Former LCM teacher receives 10 year prison sentence

Bryan Lee Hyde, 32, is escorted by Scott Barnes, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, after being sentenced to 10 years in prison in each charge.

A former Little Cypress-Mauriceville high schoool teacher, Bryan Lee Hyde, 32, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison to be served concurrently on each of the two charges.

The charge of sexual assault of a child is a “3-G” second degree felony which will require Hyde to serve half of his sentence, which is five years, before he is first eligible for parole.

The charges stem from an incident in January. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call in reference to a student who had made an outcry about the improper sexual relationship between the student and the English teacher, according to information from the OCSO.

After a thorough investigation, Hyde was charged and indicted on two counts each of sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between an educator and student.

Hyde’s hands shook as he stood before Judge Dennis Powell of the 163rd District Court where he pleaded guilty and accepted the plea bargain agreement. Powell spoke of the “tragic” case to Hyde.

“I can’t pretend to understand these cases,” Powell said.

Hyde was then placed in handcuffs and shackles and led away by an OCSO deputy where he will be in the custody of jail officials until he is taken to begin his sentence in prison.