Fmr. Upstate school employee charged with sex crimes led international field trips

Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown

(WSPA) — A former Greenville County Schools employee is accused of possessing child pornography.

Daniel Brown, 38, is charged with 10 counts each of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s office.

Brown was arrested on Wednesday.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that led them to Brown, according to the attorney general’s office.

The school district says Brown was a technology integration specialist at Wade Hampton High. Brown was also a fencing coach at the school and taught at Foothills Fencing Academy in Piedmont.

Brown had worked at Wade Hampton High since 2012 and prior to that was a teacher at Northwood Middle School. While at Northwood Middle, Brown chaperoned several international field trips through a company called EF Educational Tours.

Brown resigned on September 20, according to Greenville County Schools spokesperson Beth Brotherton.

7News confirmed that Brown took students to China in 2011 and Costa Rica in 2012.

EF Tours is a private company and they have no contract of formal affiliation with the school district, Brotherton said.

She said EF Tours recruits teachers to lead international trips with students when school is not in session in the spring and summer break.

The trips are not sponsored nor endorsed by the school district.

Investigators have not found any connection between the alleged criminal activity and Wade Hampton High students, Brotherton said.

She said Brown’s primary responsibility was working with teachers and his job was to help teachers integrate technology into instruction.

Brown managed the distribution of Chromebook carts for classroom usage and website.

The school sent an automation to parents that says:

This is Principal Eric Williams calling from Wade Hampton High School with some information regarding a former employees. Mr. Daniel Brown, an technology integration specialist who worked at Wade Hampton from 2012 until his resignation last Wednesday has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor 3rd degree. An investigation by the internet crimes against children task force and the Greenville Co. sheriff’s office has not found any relation between his alleged criminal activity and any of our students. We value your trust and work hard to provide a safe and secure environment for our students. We wanted to communicate the news of these charges directly to you. If you have any questions or concerns, I would ask that you direct those to me.

If convicted, Brown faces 10 years on each count.