ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) A former ECISD school bus driver has been arrested after authorities say he downloaded and viewed child pornography.
Reid Derrick Witcher, 45, was arrested June 19th for possession of child pornography after authorities executed a state search warrant at his Odessa home.
According to the federal criminal complaint, Witcher said he has been downloading and viewing child pornography for about 10 years. Witcher admitted he possessed about 100,000 electronic images. Agents also found a binder inside Witcher’s house that contained about 125 photos.
ECISD released the following statement:
“We worked with the Department of Public Safety in their investigation, and ultimate arrest, of one of our bus drivers for possession of child pornography. These charges are extremely disturbing, and upon learning of them, the driver was immediately fired.
We want to assure our community we take great care to screen potential employees before they are hired. All employees must be fingerprinted for a criminal history check that searches state and national databases. In this case, the man involved worked for the school district twice – as a substitute teacher during part of 2006 and 2007 and again as an activity bus driver for field trips and extra-curricular trips beginning in 2013. Both times he was hired, the district completed all of the required background checks. We received no complaints of this nature about him at any time.
Our ECISD police helped in his arrest, and we will continue to help the investigation in any way that we can. At this time, we have not been given any indication that any of our students are involved. If anyone has information they feel might be relevant to the authorities investigating this case we encourage them to call 1-866-347-2423.
Our students’ safety is always our top priority, and we will take the steps necessary to ensure it.”
Witcher remains in federal custody.