Broward County

Former middle school teacher is missing and wanted on child pornography charges

Former middle school teacher Corey Perry is wanted on child pornography charges.
Former middle school teacher Corey Perry is wanted on child pornography charges.

The FBI released photos Wednesday of a Palm Beach County middle school teacher wanted on child pornography charges.

The search reached down into Miami-Dade for former Palm Beach Gardens H.L. Watkins Middle School teacher Corey Perry, 33. A federal arrest warrant for producing child pornography, receiving child pornography and enticement was issued for him Tuesday.

The 5-foot, 8-inch, 275-pound Perry, who also coached middle school-aged basketball teams in South Florida, hasn’t been seen since 2 p.m. Friday, the same day federal agents executed a search warrant on his West Palm Beach home. Palm Beach County Schools Superintentent Robert Avossa said at a Wednesday morning news conference several child victims, including some Palm Beach County Schools students, were identified from what agents found on Perry’s electronics.

"As a lifelong educator, I’m disgusted at what I have learned. He has hurt innocent children,” Avossa said. “This individual has embarrassed his school, his community and his entire profession by harming the most important thing entrusted to him, our students. He broke a sacred professional code. And I cannot and will not forgive him for that."

The FBI wants anyone who knows where Perry might be or who has had social-media contact with him to call 754-703-2000 or the local police department. Parents and guardians are asked to save the devices through which Perry might have made any social-media or electronic contact with their children.

Perry’s arrest comes almost two months after another South Florida educator, former Fisher-Feinberg K-8 Center assistant principal Don Clippinger, got arrested on federal child pornography charges. Clippinger now faces three counts of access with intent to view child pornography.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal