North Charleston police: Sex offender tried to lure students into car

Dederick Tarmanye Bright

A North Charleston registered sex offender has been arrested again after witnesses said he was trying to lure students at a bus stop into his car.

Dederick Tarmanye Bright, 34, of Remount Road was arrested Monday on two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, according to Charleston County jail records.

He has also been charged with one count of buggery and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

A Charleston County School District security officer told police on Monday he saw a man in a red Chevrolet Malibu trying to persuade a student at a bus stop on Bonds Avenue to get into his car, according to the incident report from North Charleston police.

The security officer said the man told the student he would take them back to his hotel room so they could smoke marijuana. The student confirmed the incident and pointed out the car, according to the report.

Another male student at another bus stop told police the same story.

A third male victim reported a similar story on May 13, but Bright allegedly sexually assaulted him in the red Malibu after he gave him an alcoholic beverage and he fell asleep.

A police officer tracked down Bright’s car and questioned him, but he denied the incident, according to the report. He then told the officer that the “conversation wasn’t like that and later admitted he needed help,” the report said.

In September 2012, Bright pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation of a minor and was put on two years probation, with his name added to the registered sex offender list. He was arrested for violating his parole in August 2014 and released on $30,000 bail.

Bright was also charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in June and the case dismissed, according to court records.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.