CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A teacher at St. Edward High School was suspended from his job after being charged with a sex crime.
Patrick DeChant, 32, of Lakewood, was arrested by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Wednesday following an incident on Sept. 19.
DeChant was booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail on a charge of corruption of a minor.
Court records show he was released on Thursday after posting 10% of a $25,00 bond.
He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.
DeChant’s bond was initially set at $50,000 but then reduced to $25,000, despite the objection of prosecutors.
His initial appearance in court has been set for Oct. 7.
DeChant, who graduated from St. Ed’s in 2005, has been teaching at the high since 2015.
According to a post on the school’s Facebook page, he was named “Teacher of the Week” in January 2016.
According to DeChant’s LinkedIn profile, he previously taught at Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Union Academy in Monroe, North Carolina, and was a student teaching intern at St. Ignatius High School.
St. Edward High School sent the following statement to 19 News on Friday: