ROCK HILL, SC (KWES) - Terry Burchett, 69, was arrested in South Carolina on February 18 on charges of child pornography. He was found to be in possession of over 9,800 sexually explicit images of children according to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
White Pages lists Burchett as living in Rock Hill but having once lived in Midland. Burchett’s Facebook page also lists him as having lived in Midland and working at Midland ISD.
According to the State Board for Educator Certification, Burchett received his certification to teach in Texas on May 14,1984. As of February 20, he is registered to teach elementary history classes and elementary self-contained classes for grades one through eight. The certification is for life and is still considered valid in the state of Texas.
Midland ISD tells us Burchett was emloyed with the district for 32 years until 2017.
According to WCNC, York County Sheriff’s deputies worked with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force to take Burchett into custody Monday.
Burchett is listed on the York County Sheriff’s Office website as an inmate in the York County Jail with bond set at $200,000. He is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree. According to the attorney general’s office, it is a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison on each count.
York County Deputies reportedly received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in regards to the possible upload of a file containing child pornography back on December 21, 2018.
After investigators traced the image and IP address back to Burchett, deputies executed a search warrant of his residence on January 24. Multiple electronic devices were seized.
WCNC reports that neighbors of Burchett said they always had questions about him.
“We did kind of wonder about the guy,” said Lanny Cox, a neighbor. “We saw him in his yard some but never spoke. [We’d] Make eye contact and wave, and he kind of just looked through us.”
Cox said he noticed when several deputies showed up a few weeks ago and searched the house but had no idea why.
“Scary being next door. Like I said, we have a two-year-old, and we play outside a lot, and we would see him, so it’s scary,” Cox said. “I’m hoping he’s gone for a while, won’t have to worry about living next to him.”
Midland ISD has released a statement after the story broke.
"On Wednesday, Midland ISD learned that a former teacher was arrested in South Carolina.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of Terry Dale Burchett in York County, South Carolina. He was charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the third degree for the possession of child pornography and currently is being held in the York County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.
Burchett is a former Midland ISD teacher who retired in June 2017. He worked for the district for 32 years, most recently at Bowie Fine Arts Academy. He had no disciplinary history in that time. If students or parents have information about Burchett, we encourage you to report it to the Midland Police Department by calling 432-685-7110."
We have reached out to Midland police who have told us that as of February 21 no one has reached out to them concerning any incidents with Burchett.