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Federal authorities say they’ve found fugitive middle school teacher Corey Perry’s abandon rental car in Fort Lauderdale with doors unlocked, keys in the ignition, and they suspect the man wanted on charges of child pornography has left the state headed for relatives in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

Thursday morning, the FBI upped the ante in its pursuit, offering a $25,000 reward to find him.

The charges against the former Howell L. Watkins science teacher, including producing and receiving child pornography, were announced March 29. The FBI reports that Perry was last seen days before that announcement in Fort Lauderdale around 2:45 p.m. on March 26, 2017, and he has eluded authorities ever since.

Then last Friday, authorities found Perry’s rental car in that city with the doors unlocked and keys in the ignition, the FBI said. Investigators suspect he has left South Florida and is now in Nashville, Tennessee, where he grew up and has relatives, according to the statement released Thursday.

They say he may have changed his appearance to disguise himself.

The details of Perry’s alleged crimes remain under seal until he is caught. But in its statement, the FBI reports “several victims and witnesses have come forward in recent days to provide information.”

Perry, 33, began his teaching career at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary in Riviera Beach in 2005 and transferred to Howell L. Watkins in Palm Beach Gardens in 2010. He was well-regarded by his peers and had been recognized for his work on multiple occasions.

But by late March, authorities were searching his West Palm Beach home, confiscating electronics, and his bosses told him not to report to work as they clamped down on his access to the school and computers there. Superintendent Robert Avossa said the investigation had revealed multiple victims, at least a handful of whom were currently students in the district.

Because the details of the case are sealed, Avossa declined to comment on which schools those victims attend. The school district made additional counselors available to Watkins students as well as any others who may have been victims in this crime. That includes students who may now be in high school or graduated, the district said.

The FBI has said the case has “national” implications.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts, or who thinks they may be a victim, are urged to call the FBI in Miami at (754) 703-2000 or your local police department.



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