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Ex-Snyder teacher to plead guilty to lying to FBI in child porn case

SNYDER, Texas - A former Snyder substitute teacher is scheduled to be in court next Monday, where he is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI during a child porn investigation.

Malcolm Douglas Crawford, 61, was indicted April 12 on one count of making a false statement to a government agent. He reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday. It will be presented to the judge at his arraignment next Monday.

Crawford faces up to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the indictment, Crawford, who was being investigated for possession of child porn while working as a sub at Snyder High School, lied to the FBI about having an iPad on campus. According to Snyder ISD records, Crawford also taught fifth grade at Northeast Elementary before his retirement in 2012. 

Snyder Superintendent Eddie Bland, who wasn’t superintendent at the time of the alleged incident, told KTXS he understands Crawford brought his personal iPad to campus and was looking at child porn he had downloaded somewhere other than at the school.

Bland said the school learned about the incident on March 10 and immediately reported it to police. The district also removed Crawford from the list of substitute teachers.

“We make the safety and security of our students our top priority,” Bland told KTXS. “There is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior.”

According to the indictment, Crawford told FBI agent Keith Quigley he did not have an iPad on any of the three days he worked at the school -- March 8 - 10. When Quigley showed Crawford a photo of himself holding an iPad, Crawford said that iPad had been “trashed” or sold several years ago. But the FBI believes Crawford threw it away after Snyder police questioned him on March 21.

KTXS reached out to Snyder Police Chief Terry Luecke for comment. We were told shortly before 4 p.m. Monday that he was working on a news release. We never received a copy of it.

We also reached out to Crawford for comment. His cell phone went straight to voicemail and his voice mailbox is full.

Crawford was issued a teaching certificate by the Texas Education Association in 1978. It is now under review.


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