Former WSFCS elementary school ‘Volunteer of the Year’ convicted of taking pictures of children’s buttocks

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Walter Otto Schorer, 75, of Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation charges after he took inappropriate pictures of young girls at a local elementary school in 2015.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 76-year-old Walter Schorer pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, which can result in up to 30 months in prison. He also has to register as a sex offender for 30 years.

On Sept. 23, 2015, he printed photographs of elementary school-aged females at a local CVS. A CVS employee contacted police, who later determined that the pictures were taken inside the cafeteria of Diggs-Latham Elementary School, where Schorer was volunteering.

In the photographs, the girls were clothed, but it focused on their crotch and buttock area.

“It was strictly pictures of various children, specifically girls,” said Lt. E.R. Montgomery, of the Winston-Salem Police Department.

A search warrant was executed at Schorer’s Winston-Salem home the following day; Sept. 24, 2015.

Police notified the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system of the allegations against Schorer and the school system says they immediately removed him from the volunteer list.

As a result of the search of Schorer’s home, Montgomery says his department “obtained more evidence of pictures of a similar nature.”

Schorer’s arrest warrants state that he “did possess material containing a visual representation of a minor, prepubescent female children, approximately 8 to 13 years of age, engaging in sexual activity consisting of one photo morphed by having a photo of a bare vagina pasted to the crotch area on a photo of a prepubescent female wearing a bathing suit.” The warrant continued to state that there was another photo showing “the suspect with his hand inside the rear waistband, touching the upper buttocks area of an 8-year-old female.”

Schorer later admitted to the exploitation and said he kept many of the pictures in a tackle box.