Spring ISD music teacher resigns after child porn investigation

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 2:17 PM

HOUSTON – A Spring Independent School District music teacher accused of using Facebook to obtain nude pictures of male students has resigned from Anderson Elementary, school officials said.  

Harris County Precinct 4 investigators said Derrick Allan Gossett, 32, set up a Facebook profile impersonating a juvenile female to encourage a 12-year-old boy to send nude images of himself through the website.

The boy believed he was conversing with a former classmate, investigators said. The juvenile female was identified and after an interview detectives learned that she was being impersonated online.

A search warrant was issued for Gossett’s home and investigators said they found several other images of nude juvenile males. Detectives said Gossett confessed to using a fake Facebook profile to solicit nude photos of the boys. He allegedly would send them generic female pornography found online, passing it off as photos of the female juvenile.  

Gossett faces three counts of possession of child pornography, one count of online solicitation of a minor, one count of promotion of child pornography, and one count online impersonation.

When Gossett attempted to go to work Tuesday morning he was stopped and turned around by Spring ISD Police, who had been alerted to the investigation and pending charges.

He resigned after that incident.  Warrants were issued for his arrest, and he posted $140,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Anderson school officials sent this email to parents:

Dear Parents of Anderson Elementary Students,

I need to inform you and share important information regarding an Anderson employee.  Derrick Gossett, Anderson’s music teacher, was placed on administrative leave this morning, August 27, 2013 and later resigned.  I just learned this morning that Mr. Gossett was being investigated by Harris County Precinct 4 for allegations involving child pornography and we immediately took action. The Harris County District Attorney’s office accepted charges today against Mr. Gossett.  I want you to know that we work closely with law enforcement officials and respond quickly when allegations of this nature are being investigated.  We thoroughly check criminal histories and references of employees as they are hired.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information, or who believes their child has had online contact with Gossett are encouraged to contact Harris County Precinct Four High Tech Crimes Unit at 281-401-6228.

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