POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:23pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A former El Paso-area music teacher, who worked at several area schools since 1995 was arrested on federal child pornography charges earlier this month.
Albert Buck Hibbert, 43, was arrested April 3 after HSI agents searched his home and computers and allegedly located several images of children between the ages of 3 and 10 who were being sexually exploited.
Hibbert was a teacher in EPISD from 1995 to 2007 at both Austin and Burges high schools. From 2007 to 2008, he taught in YISD at Eastwood High School. Hibbert then moved to Ruidoso to teach at Sierra Vista Primary and White Mountain Elementary between 2009 and 2010. Most recently, Hibbert taught at El Paso Academy East from 2010 to 2012.
According to court documents, Hibbert admitted he was attracted to 8- to 16-year-old girls, and that he searched for pictures of them in their underwear and swimsuits.A forensic preview of his laptop computer revealed images of children between 3 and 10 years old being sexually exploited.
HSI special agents are asking for the public’s help to identify any possible additional victims related to this investigation.
Hibbert is charged with possessing child pornography. He waived a preliminary and detention hearing set for April 17; he remains in federal custody awaiting trial.
"HSI special agents have ongoing efforts to identify and arrest individuals who use their positions of trust to perpetrate crimes against innocent children," said Dennis A. Ulrich, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “We urge members of the public to contact us if they have any information related to the sexual exploitation of children, for this or any case.”
Call the HSI El Paso Victim Assistance phone line at (915) 231-3364, or (toll free) 1-855-542-0952.
This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including producing and distributing online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking children. In fiscal year 2013, HSI agents arrested more than 2,000 individuals under this initiative.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.