A former Southbridge math teacher pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to trying to buy live video sex shows involving Filipino children and being in possession of child pornography.
Scott Peeler, 54, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sex acts and a count of possession of child pornography. The U.S. attorney’s office said Mr. Peeler previously lived in Worcester.
He was sentenced at the U.S. District Court in Worcester, in connection with attempting to purchase live video sex shows involving Filipino children and to possessing child pornography. He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 138 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
The investigation began in September 2014, when an online international money transfer service filed a CyberTip report with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding two email accounts belonging to Mr. Peeler. The tip noted that the money provider suspected the user of the account had arranged payment for a sex show involving a young girl. Yahoo conducted an internal investigation, which revealed that the user appeared to be coordinating the sale of sexually explicit shows and images of children. The Yahoo investigation determined the seller accounts had several customers.
In a series of messenger chats on December 27, 2013, Mr. Peeler appears to discuss a webcam show apparently involving 4, 10, and 17-year-old girls. During the chat, an apparent girl tells Mr. Peeler she wants $100 for the show. Mr. Peeler indicates during the chat that he didn’t want the 4-year-old’s participation.
The IP address was linked to Mr. Peeler’s internet provider and address during relevant dates and times.
Peeler admitted to attempting on at least three occasions to arrange the purchase of live video sex shows involving children, who ranged in age from 4 to 14 years old.