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KENT — There are shocking allegations against a Kent Public Schools teacher arrested in a police online sex sting.

Seattle police say 27-year-old Brent Conley agreed to pay $100 to have sex with a fictitious 15-year-old girl, who was really an undercover detective posing online as a high school cheerleader.

Conley was new to Kentridge High School; this was his first year as a full-time English teacher.

While the crime didn’t occur on school property and didn’t involve a Kentridge student, parents are still concerned.

“You hear of stuff like this happening, but when it’s in your own neighborhood it really hits home,” said parent Mary Jazmine.  “It’s really scary.”

Conley taught social studies and English for 9th and 10th graders; roughly the same age of the cheerleader he thought he was going to meet.

Before coming to Kentridge, Conley was a substitute teacher in Marysville.

Conley has no criminal history so he sailed through his background checks. Now he’s charged with attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor, a felony sex offense.

It all started when a Seattle police detective placed an ad online pretending to be a young cheerleader looking for cash from older men. Conley admitted to cops that he planned on having sex with the girl, but when he showed up to meet the girl he met vice cops who put him in handcuffs.

“You’re taught at a young age, you know, who the people are that you can go to,” said Jazmine. “You can talk to a police officer, you can talk to the clergy, and you can talk to your teachers. But apparently now, no, you can’t.”

Conley posted bail but nobody answered the door at his Seattle home. He is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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