Oregon State researcher suspected of sex crimes in Virginia


Brett Tyler was arrested October 7

Brett Tyler, October 7, 2021 (Benton County Sheriff’s Office)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State University faculty researcher has been arrested on suspicion of sex crimes allegedly committed in Virginia.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that 66-year-old Brett Tyler was booked into Benton County Jail on Thursday, Oct. 7. Tyler was the director of the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences at OSU.

OSU spokesman Steve Clark said Tyler resigned as director of Center for Quantitative Life Sciences.
According to court documents, Tyler is charged in Virginia with two counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of taking indecent liberties with children and one count of aggravated sexual battery. An attempt to determine which attorney represents Tyler wasn’t successful.

The Benton County Jail roster said Tyler was held as a fugitive from Virginia on $200,000 bail. He was released October 11.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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