Teacher Arrested for Soliciting 12-Year-Old Boy Through Facebook
I have a very hard time understanding how anyone thinks they can retain even the slightest amount of privacy using a social network like Facebook. The fact is that anything you put on there is vulnerable, no matter what your privacy settings. Yet, virtually every day there are stories of people doing really stupid stuff on Facebook and getting caught. In this case, it is an alleged pervert who also happens to be a music teacher working in schools in the Spring area.
Facebook is mostly positive, but it has a darker side.
Derrick Allan Gossett, 32, was charged with three counts of possession of a child pornography and one count each of promotion of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor and online impersonation.
The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office High Tech Crimes Unit discovered Gossett had been posing as a teenage girl in order to lure a 12-year-old boy into sending Gossett naked photos of himself.
In tech terminology, Gossett was engaged in a Catfishing scam with a 12-year-old boy and investigators say they found images of nude boys at his home, boys Gossett knew as a teacher in Spring ISD. When confronted by investigators, Gossett allegedly admitted he impersonated a girl to draw in young boys.
It's one thing for an adult to be fooled by a another adult, but when an adult preys on a child, it is particularly despicable. As great as technology like Facebook can be, there is no doubt a sinister side to it and parents, teachers (other than this guy) and adults in general should be wary for the safety of kids who don't know any better.
Investigators are asking anyone who believes their children may have had online contact with Gossett to call Sgt. Gary Spurger or Corporal Jeff Lee at the Precinct 4 High Tech Crimes Unit at 281-401-6228.