GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A teacher in Greenwood County has been arrested and is facing multiple child sex crimes charges.
49-year-old Michael David Byrd, Jr. was arrested Monday and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct, and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to jail records.
Deputies said on November 21, investigators were notified of an incident that took place in Montgomery County, Texas.
While investigating, the sheriff’s office said that conversations began with an unknown person who later said that he was a teacher in South Carolina.
Deputies said the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office was in close contact with law enforcement in Texas and received specific information about the investigation.
A search warrant was issued for Byrd’s home and he was was arrested on outstanding warrants from Texas, the sheriff’s office said.
After completing a forensic analysis of Byrd’s devices and conducting interviews with Byrd
the sheriff’s office determined that he sent child sexual assault material on social media.
“We are thankful for our partnerships with the ICAC Task force and the work of Law Enforcement across the country that went into identifying Byrd, resulting in these charges,” said Sheriff Dennis Kelly.
“Our children will always be our priority and we will continue to use whatever resources necessary to find those who may be out to harm them,” Kelly said.
Byrd is a teacher at Edgewood Middle School, according to Greenwood School District 52.
In a statement, the district said Byrd was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
“The District does not comment on specific personnel-related matters and will continue to cooperate fully with local law enforcement in their ongoing investigation,” the statement continued.
Byrd is being held in the Greenwood County Detention Center without bond.