School counselor Todd Roatsey gets 25 years in prison

A former West Virginia elementary school counselor faces the next 25 years in prison after receiving videos of girls performing dance routines wearing only sports bras and shorts, federal prosecutors said Monday in the sickening case.

Todd Roatsey, a former counselor at Pinch Elementary School, used his position and the social media app Snapchat to contact several minors while posing as an 18-year-old, according to U.S. Attorneys for the South District of West Virginia. The 43-year-old was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to child exploitation earlier this year.

US Attorney Will Thompson called Roatsey’s actions “terrible”.

“As an elementary school counselor, Roatsey has deliberately placed himself in a position of trust about the types of children he is sexually attracted to,” he said in a statement.

“In our communities, schools are the only constant for many children. School is often the safe place. The fact that Mr. Roatsey made this an unsafe place I thought was very horrific.”

In early January 2020, Roatsey texted a girl he believed to be 16 and another girl he believed was also underage while pretending to be 18 on Snapchat, prosecutors said. He admitted he convinced both girls to tape themselves by making sexually explicit videos showing the girls masturbating, prosecutors said.

Todd Roatsey, a former counselor at Pinch Elementary School, will serve a 25-year sentence.
Todd Roatsey, a former counselor at Pinch Elementary School, will serve a 25-year sentence.
West Virginia Regional Penitentiary

He also admitted that he was sending videos back to where he was masturbating.

He then used his Snapchat account to send a message to several other girls he knew from Pinch Elementary that included more than 100 videos he recorded while communicating with two of the girls, both around 12 years old were, the FBI said. One of the victims at the time was a student at Pinch Elementary, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, he received numerous videos of the girls performing so-called “sexy” dances or gymnastic poses such as full backbends. The girls only wore the athletic bras and shorts on video, while Roatsey admitted to telling the girls they were “hot” and “sexy.”

Thompson said during a news conference that Roatsey “undermined that trust” that students and parents should expect from school staff.

He fears that victims “could pay the price for years to come.”

Roatsey also admitted to distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography from October 2019 to July 2021, including images and videos of stomach-churning infants and young children, according to prosecutors. Through a number of platforms, he sent photos and footage of prepubescent minors involved in sexually explicit acts to other people, federal authorities said.

He tried to cover up his sick crimes when he deleted his Snapchat account hours after US Department of Homeland Security agents raided his home in October 2021 and seized numerous electronic devices with child pornography on them, prosecutors said.

By deleting the account, U.S. Attorneys say, he made various records inaccessible to further law enforcement.

After his release from prison, Roatsey will be granted life imprisonment under supervision and must be registered as a sex offender. He also has to pay the victims $23,000 in compensation.

He pleaded guilty to attempted fabrication of child pornography and attempted seduction of a minor in June. School counselor Todd Roatsey gets 25 years in prison


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