Brian Shriner, an Orlando, Florida teacher and priest, was arrested after he allegedly attempted to meet a minor for sex, according to news reports. Shiner, 46, was arrested on Friday on charges including traveling to have sex with a minor. It is not clear whether he has qualified for bail bond or has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to news reports, Shriner taught English, Greek, and other subjects at the Geneva School, a private school self-described as a “Christian classical school” located on State Road 46 in Orlando. It does not appear as though has ever faced a complaint through the school, but he was fired in light of the charges against him. The Geneva School’s Board of Trustees issued a statement to address the allegations, saying that they were” not aware of any instances with Mr. Shriner during his employment at The Geneva School. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check was conducted on Mr. Shriner on time of hire and subsequently in 2010… we are not aware of any impropriety or involvement of a Geneva student.” No students or staff have come to the media with further information.
Shriner is also reportedly involved in leading the New Covenant Anglican Church in Winter Springs. A pastor from the church reportedly told local media that Shriner is ordained but does not have authority to serve as a priest at the church. He does, hover, assist at and attend the church, reports indicate. New Covenant has not commented on the allegations against Shriner.
According to news reports, Shriner was apprehended for the alleged sex crime after he was caught in an undercover operation conducted by Orange County detectives. Like many Internet investigations aiming to catch would-be pedophiles, the operation involved investigators posing as minors online and luring adults interested in engaging sexual activity with them to a specific location. Persons who are arrested in such schemes often send and ask for pornographic images and sometimes bring props such as alcohol and sex toys to the meeting point. In a series of similar operations in South Florida, arrested parties included convicted sex addicts, but also included seemingly normal suspects such as scientists, teachers, doctors, and even a father who was in Florida taking his family to Disney World.
Shriner is accused of contacting a detective posing as a child online in May and having email conversations with the detective over the next month. He allegedly agreed to meet the minor in Winter Springs, purportedly to have sex. However, upon arriving at the designated location (which has not been disclosed to the public), Shriner was arrested. There is no indication that he requested child pornography during the course of the investigation. He apparently cooperated with authorities during the arrest. Shriner’s mugshot and booking details have been made private through a public records exemption.
Authorities have reportedly stated that they believe that there may be other victims, and that anyone with information should come forward. However, it is important to note that Shriner is innocent until proven guilty.