2021 | Police & Fire

Former Montgomery County teacher charged with possessing child porn

Richard Scherer worked for MCPS for 25 years

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This story was updated at 10 p.m. Aug. 2, 2021, to reflect a response from Montgomery County Public Schools.

A former Montgomery County Public Schools teacher was arrested this week in New York on charges of enticing a minor and possessing child pornography.

Richard Scherer, 70, was arrested after allegedly arranging to meet with someone he believed to be 13 years old, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York. Two pictures of child pornography were also allegedly found on his phone.

The press release said Scherer allegedly admitted on camera that he “is a pedophile.”

The FBI was notified of Scherer’s alleged actions by a group called “Predator Poacher.” The group runs several accounts that pose as underage children “using the accounts to chat with adults who later meet for sexual contact,” according to the press release.

These contacts are recorded, the individuals are interviewed, and the videos are posted to the group’s platforms.

A Predator Poacher account posing as a 13-year-old girl conversed with Scherer on Instagram for about two months before arranging to meet in Buffalo, N.Y. The communication was “sexual in nature,” according to the press release.

When Scherer, a resident of Depew, N.Y., near Buffalo, arrived at the planned location, he was confronted and questioned by members of the Predator Poacher group. The interaction was recorded, and Scherer allegedly admitted to being a “pedophile.”

Scherer worked for MCPS for 25 years before resigning in 2011. The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not the list the school or schools Scherer where worked. MCPS spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala wrote in an email on Monday night that she did not have information yet about Scherer’s employment history with the district. She could not be reached on Tuesday morning.

In June 2011, a parent of a fourth-grade student reported Scherer to school administrators for allegedly touching the child inappropriately during school, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

The report said Scherer touched students’ “rear end and hips,” the press release says.

Following the accusation, Scherer resigned from MCPS. The press release says the MCPS administration asked state officials to revoke Scherer’s teaching license because he resigned after “notice of allegations of misconduct involving a student.” His license was later revoked, the press release says.