A Brevard Community College assistant professor has been suspended from teaching after being charged with lewd and lascivious battery allegedly involving a 13-year-old boy he met online.
Robert "Chandler" McRee, 49, was arrested April 27 and has since been placed on unpaid leave from the college, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.
McRee allegedly contacted the boy via a gay dating website, and the two had contact for about a week. A police report says McRee and the boy engaged in sexual activity while in McRee's car near the intersection of Turtle Mound Road and Post Road in Melbourne.
After the alleged incident, police stopped the victim's vehicle and the victim told them what had happened, a police report says. Police were able to track down McRee using a GPS locator to find the victim’s phone, which he had left in McRee’s car, the report says.
McRee told police in an interview that he thought the boy was 18.
McRee is an associate professor at Brevard Community College. A class schedule shows he was teaching creative writing and communications this term at the Melbourne campus.
John Glisch, associate vice president of communications for BCC, said McRee has been teaching at the school since 1996. Since learning of the allegations, McRee has been banned from teaching and from the school campus.
“We learned about this early (Monday) from the Melbourne police,” Glisch said. “He was immediately suspended and placed on an unpaid leave of absence.”