Hide ya kids! And keep them off Facebook.
Via NYDailyNews reports:
Authorities say an elementary school teacher impersonated a young girl on Facebook to sexually entice young boys to send him nekked photos and may have victimized 156 children in all.
Derrick Allan Gossett, a former music teacher at Anderson Elementary in Houston before his resignation this week, faces child p0rn0graphy charges after his disturbing plot to lure boys was discovered, say police.
The 32-year-old was arrested as he made his way to school Tuesday after the parents of a 12-year-old boy alerted police to his alleged ploy.
A search of Gossett’s home in Humble revealed several images of nekked boys Gossett knew from his work in the Spring Independent School District, detectives said.
Police said he would send the boys generic p0rn0graphy of young females he found online as bait while identifying them as belonging to a former classmate.
“The Facebook profile was allegedly engineered and operated so that a 12-year-old boy believed he was conversing with a juvenile female, whom he knew as a former classmate of his,” said the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in a news release.
The girl has since been identified and interviewed by police.
Detectives said Gossett admitted to the deplorable crime after he was arrested.
Adding to parents’ fear is authorities’ belief he may have used a hidden camera in his classroom to record his students as well.
“We also may have developed evidence that he may have set up some kind of surreptitious camera in his classroom to record the children in his classroom,” prosecutor Lacy Johnson told KHOU. “They have developed a list of 156 people that they need to talk to that they believe could be victims of Mr. Gossett.”
The content of that video was not revealed, but is not suspected by authorities of being p0rn0graphic in any way.
Police credit the vigilance of the 12-year-old Texas boy’s parents in monitoring his online activity for bringing Gossett’s alleged crimes to light.
Gossett is currently free after posting $140,000 bond.
He faces three counts of possession of child p0rn0graphy, one count of online solicitation of a minor, one count of promotion of child p0rn0graphy and one count of online impersonation.
Can you imagine? This guy is gonna get shredded in jail…
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