FBI offers $25,000 reward to find PBC teacher wanted for child porn


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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Gardens police on lookout for stolen dog
Gardens police on lookout for stolen dog

Police are investigating a possible dognapping which took place Saturday at a Petco in Palm Beach Gardens. According to Palm Beach Gardens police, the owner of an 11-year-old Maltese mix named “Teddy” dropped him off for grooming services at the Petco on Legacy Avenue. At approximately 7:53 p.m., a white female with black hair between 40...
Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA
Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: President Trump posed with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office officers on the tarmac at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon before leaving on Air Force One. Later, while en route to Washington, he tweeted a photo and praised the “incredible”officers who “keep us safe and are very cool about...
Washington state man, 73, stuck in car for 12 hours after crash
Washington state man, 73, stuck in car for 12 hours after crash

Washington State troopers and firefighters rescued a 73-year-old man who spent about 12 hours stuck in his car after driving off the road near Tiger Mountain, police said Saturday. Eastside Fire officials said the man was in the car overnight, and that when crews arrived, he appeared to be OK. However, he was taken to the hospital for an evaluation...
One-armed Gardens golfer, 7, to be on Steve Harvey’s ‘Little Big Shots’ tonight
One-armed Gardens golfer, 7, to be on Steve Harvey’s ‘Little Big Shots’ tonight

Tommy Morrissey, a 7-year-old golf prodigy born with one arm, is no stranger to the spotlight. He appeared on “The Ellen Show” when he was 3 years old. He traveled to Indonesia at age 4 to inspire other children with physical differences. He challenged PGA pros at the Honda Classic last year to raise money for his UnLIMBited Foundation...
Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting?
Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting?

Travis Reinking is a 29-year-old man police are seeking in Sunday morning’s shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee. Police issued a murder warrant for Reinking late Sunday morning. Little information has been released by authorities about Reinking, who is from Morton, Illinois.  Police said Reinking sat in his truck in the Waffle...
More Stories