Myers Home-Schooled Judd ChildrenPosted: Sep 27, 2009 11:35 PM
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The former teaching assistant facing federal child pornography charges was home-schooling the children of a country music superstar.
Scott Myers had been hired to home-school the children of Wynonna Judd. He was fired immediately after she learned about the charges. He'd worked as a teacher's assistant and even a kids' camp counselor. The whole time, he flew below the radar of more than one TBI background check.
Scott Myers volunteered as a counselor three different summers, including just this year at "Barefoot Republic Camp."
Tommy Rhodes, executive director of Spectrum Industries, the group that runs the camp, said the 27-year-old had excellent professional references; exceptional interview skills; and Bible camp experience.
Myers, who supervised middle school aged kids, writes about the closeness of his cabin on Facebook, the social site where Myers boasts about finally finishing-up a 4-year teaching degree.
Myers is open and up-front about day-to-day life; even his job, and homeschooling the children of Wynonna Judd. But federal investigators claim Myers had a dark and worldly side on the web.
According to a written release, agents seized from Myers's Franklin apartment, 3,000 electronic images of children engaged in various sex acts. And, investigators maintain, Myers confessed in an internet chat-room to engaging in sexual activity with four boys who lived in the immediate area.
The superintendent says Scott Myers has been yanked from a substitute teacher pool at nearby Freedom Intermediate, the school he resigned from this past May after working there three years.
Franklin's Special School District says it did alert parents of Myers's arrest in an e-mail on Friday, but not until federal investigators lifted their orders that parents be told nothing.
Wynnona Judd, whose children were being home-schooled by Myers, thanks federal and local authorities for calling the arrest of Scott Myers to her attention. She says it's made her family and her community much safer.