A former Somerset High School teacher has been charged with offering to pay a 16-year-old female student for oral sex.
Bret Howard, 29, was charged Friday with criminal solicitation to promote a sexual performance by a minor, according to a news release from the Somerset Police Department.
The teen and her mother told police about the alleged solicitation after it happened in January, said Detective Lt. Shannon Smith.
The grand jury returned the misdemeanor charge this week. Howard posted bond at the circuit clerk's office before being arrested, and was cited to appear in court later this month.
Howard taught science. He also helped coach baseball and girls basketball, the Commonwealth-Journal newspaper in Somerset reported.
Howard resigned after the allegation surfaced.