Hollywood teacher accused of having sex with student

District says pair exchanged graphic messages over social media

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A Broward County Public Schools teacher has been suspended without pay after he was accused of having sex with one of his students.

According to the school district, Dirk Hilyard, an English teacher at Hollywood Hills High School, had a sexual relationship with the female student during the 2015-16 school year. 

On several occasions during the year, Hilyard and the student would go to a townhouse after school and have sex, the district said.

Hilyard and the student shared a hotel room when they traveled to Naples for a soccer tournament in January of 2016, the district said. While there, school officials said, the two were seen kissing and holding hands in public. Officials also said that the two exchanged graphic messages on social media and the student was often seen alone with Hilyard in his classroom.

The district said Hilyard encouraged the student to keep the relationship secret, but other students witnessed the two exchanging notes during class. The district said it found some of the discarded notes. One of the notes -- in Hilyard's handwriting -- read: "I want you to be my sex slave, call me sir or daddy," the district said.

The girl's reply read: "Whatever you want, daddy," the district said.

It's unclear whether Hilyard would face criminal charges in the case. The district did not disclose the student's age.

A hearing is set for next Tuesday to determine Hilyard's fate with the district. However, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has recommend that Hilyard be fired.

Hilyard has worked for the Broward County school district since 1987.

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