NAVASOTA SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED ON FBI WARRANT
A Navasota ISD employee was taken into custody on Thursday after the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Southern District of the United States Attorney’s Office issued a press release announcing that 29-year-old Daniel Jonathan Byrd has been arrested for distribution and possession of child pornography.
Navasota ISD released a statement saying that they were notified by local law enforcement of an investigation into a current Navasota ISD employee.
Byrd, who is a science teacher at Navasota High School, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
On-line records show that Byrd was taken to the Brazos County Jail in Bryan, and placed on hold for the FBI. He was then released into their custody this (Friday) morning.
The criminal complaint, filed today (Friday), alleges that Byrd came to the attention of law enforcement upon discovery of a folder containing child pornography shared in a Kik chat group. Byrd was allegedly in control of that folder.
According to the complaint, Byrd used Kik and Telegram to view and download child pornography. He allegedly joined groups dedicated to sharing child pornography and would download content to his MEGA account.
Byrd then posted links from his MEGA account into Kik groups, thereby allowing others to access folders containing child pornography.
If convicted, Byrd faces up to 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography as well as a maximum of 10 years for possessing it.
The FBI-Bryan resident agency conducted the investigation with the assistance of the College Station Police Department.