Upstate teacher charged with child sex crimes out of TX, deputies say

A teacher in Greenwood County is on leave after he was charged with child sex crimes out of Texas
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 12:43 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 12:47 PM EST
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GREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Greenwood School District 52 announced that a teacher assigned to Edgewood Middle School was recently charged by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said on Nov. 21, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an incident that took place in Montgomery County, Texas. The Houston Metro ICAC Task Force were conducting investigations on a social media platform.

During the investigation, officials said conversations began with an unknow individual who later indicated that he was a teacher in South Carolina. The teacher was identified as Michael David Byrd Jr. of Greenwood.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were in contact with detectives in Texas and received information that led to a search warrant granted for Byrd’s home. The search warrant was executed and Byrd was arrested based on his outstanding warrants from Texas.

After completing forensic analysis of Byrd’s devices, officials said it was determined that he did transmit child sexual assault material (CSAM) on social media platforms. In addition to these charges, Byrd was also charged with criminal sexual conduct third degree when it was discovered that Byrd had engaged in sexual battery with a juvenile victim within Greenwood County.

On Nov. 23, a Greenwood County Magistrate denied Byrd’s bond for the charges within Greenwood County and referred the charges to General Sessions Court for a bond to be set.

The school district said Michael Byrd was placed on administrative leave immediately until further investigation.

The district shared a statement from Superintendent Beth Taylor via Facebook.

The investigation is ongoing and if any new victims are discovered additional charges will be filed.