December 3, 2021

Todd Christopher Roatsey, West Virginia Faculty Counselor Honored at White Home, Charged for Little one Porn

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An elementary faculty steering counselor once honored at the White House for his work with kids has been hit with federal prices for possession of kid pornography, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Charleston, West Virginia, federal court.

Todd Christopher Roatsey, 42, got here to the eye of Homeland Safety Investigations (HSI) brokers in late August, when brokers acquired a cybertip to the Nationwide Heart for Lacking & Exploited Youngsters. A pseudonymous person on the Kik cellular messaging app had uploaded eight movies and one photograph depicting โ€œprepubescent and pubescent minors engaged in sexual exercise,โ€ the complaint states.

HSI brokers traced the IP tackle related to the uploads, and subpoenaed the subscriber info for the account. This led them to Roatseyโ€™s dwelling in Elkview, West Virginia, the place he lives along with his father, the criticism explains. On Oct. 27, HSI brokers searched Roatseyโ€™s home, and seized quite a few digital units together with a Samsung pill used for the uploads, in response to the criticism.

Roatsey was at dwelling when the raid was executed. He instructed brokers that they rented out one in every of their rooms on Airbnb, and that there had been โ€œquite a few friends current through the previous monthsโ€ who got entry to the WiFi community, the criticism says. However when investigators searched Roatseyโ€™s telephone and laptop computer, they allegedly discovered seven movies and 26 photos containing little one pornography, in addition to โ€œquite a few communicationsโ€ between Roatsey and โ€œladies within the age vary of late elementary faculty by way of center faculty,โ€ in response to the criticism. (The Each day Beast has redacted parts of the submitting, which comprises extraordinarily graphic and disturbing descriptions of what regulation enforcement allegedly found.)

Roatsey, who was arrested on Wednesday, acquired West Virginiaโ€™s Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award in 2015 and went to the White Home the next 12 months as the stateโ€™s national counselor representative.

โ€œIt was a black-tie occasion,โ€ Roatsey told the Charleston Gazette-Mail at the time. โ€œI used to be very humbled and really honored to be there and to be there on behalf of all of West Virginia.โ€

Roatsey is employed at Pinch Elementary in Elkview, whose mission statement is โ€œUnleashing scholar potential.โ€ His Airbnb profile notes that he enjoys โ€œtouring, and… assembly new folks,โ€ and factors out that he โ€œwas the WV Nationwide Faculty Counselor of the Yr and was honored on the White Home in January by First Woman Michelle Obama.โ€

Though Roatsey was honored on the White Home throughout a Democratic administration, a Twitter account below Roatseyโ€™s title suggests a robust desire for former President Donald Trump.

Roatsey doesn’t but have an lawyer listed in court docket information and was unable to be reached. Wesley Web page, a public defender who was at Roatseyโ€™s arraignment on Wednesday, instructed The Each day Beast he was not in the end appointed to characterize Roatsey and declined to remark additional. He was ordered detained pending his next court hearing. A Pinch Elementary official hung up the telephone instantly when reached for remark.

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