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Bear teacher arrested on child-solicitation charges

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Scott Gibson

An investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force has led to the arrest of a 31-year-old Bear kindergarten teacher on child-solicitation charges.

Scott R. Gibson of Bear was arrested Friday, May 11, after he traveled to a Dover park to meet with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had met in an online chat room, according to officials from the Delaware Department of Justice.

The investigation began when Gibson, a teacher in Colonial School District for six years, solicited an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl online. Gibson provided a cell phone number for the detective to text him to set up a time and place to meet. After obtaining a subpoena for the cell phone records, investigators were able to identify Gibson, and he was arrested when he arrived at a Dover park for the meeting Friday night.

After Gibson’s arrest, a search warrant was executed at his home and detectives seized a laptop computer and other digital media. The investigation also revealed that Gibson was a kindergarten teacher at Kathleen Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, and detectives executed an additional search at the school where Gibson’s State computer was taken into custody.

Colonial School District spokeswoman Lauren Wilson said Gibson resigned this morning.

A pre-employment background check performed before Gibson was hired did not reveal any prior charges of this nature, Wilson said.

Gibson was charged with four counts of sexual solicitation of a child under 18. He was arraigned by videophone at Justice of the Peace Court #2. He made bail over the weekend and was released, said Joe Rogalsky, director of Legislative and External Affairs for the Delaware Department of Justice.

The investigation, including a complete forensic analysis of digital media seized at Gibson’s residence, continues.

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