Officials fear more than 150 victims of child pornography case involving music teacher
SPRING, TX (KTRK) -- There are disturbing new allegations against an elementary school music teacher, accused of child pornography. Derrick Gossett could potentially have more than 150 young victims, and Eyewitness News has also learned he once worked for a local day care.
Police now believe Gossett, 32, a music teacher who taught at Anderson Elementary School in Spring ISD, may have sexually victimized more than 150 children, possibly even secretly videotaping them.
Tammy Stratton is worried her daughter could have been a victim.
She asked, "What did he do to my daughter? What did he see in my daughter? Today's her birthday. She's only six."
Gossett was placed on administrative leave and later resigned. But police now want to know if your child may have met him, in person or online.
Child Exploitation Prosecutor Lacey Johnson explained, "Mr. Gossett created a fake Facebook profile pretending to a be a former student of his. She is identified be her initials JR. And then he used that online fake profile pretending to be her to solicit child pornography from underage boys."
Johnson says Anderson students may have been on camera without even knowing it.
"We also have developed evidence that he had set up some sort of camera to record the children in his classroom," she said. "We don't believe that there's anything that would be child pornography on there but of course it was concerning."
Parents tell us Gossett also worked off and on at the Ambassador Christian Day Care and School in southeast Houston. The director there says Gossett hasn't been around children there for many years and had no private access to buildings.
But parents at both places say they'll be talking to their kid.
Bonnie Odom, who has grandchildren at Anderson, said, "I'm going to definitely talk to them and see if he made any gestures toward them."
Stratton sad, "I want to pull her out, but I don't have the money to put her in a private school."
Gossett is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, one count of online impersonation, one count of online solicitation of a minor and one count of promotion of child pornography. He was freed on $140,000 bond, with a number of conditions. He is not allowed to use the Internet or view pornography of any kind. He can't visit schools or malls, and he is prohibited from having any contact with the 12-year-old boy he allegedly friended on Facebook and the 14-year-old girl he reportedly impersonated.
The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with any information or who believe their child has had online contact with Gossett are encouraged to contact Harris County Precinct Four High Tech Crimes Unit, attention Sergeant Gary Spurger or Corporal Jeff Lee at 281-401-6228.
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