Cameron High School teacher faces felony sex charges in Clinton County

KMBZ News Staff
September 27, 2018 - 6:17 am

Cameron R-1 Schools

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A teacher who worked at Cameron High School in Missouri is facing charges of possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Derek Williams taught the school's multimedia class. He also directed musicals and plays. He has also done charity work with Foster Adopt Connect and Camp Quality, a program for children with cancer. 

The Clinton County prosecutor's office charged Williams Wednesday with three felony counts of possession of child pornography, three felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one felony count of statutory sodomy.

In a statement obtained by our KMBC Channel 9 News, Camp Quality director Patricia Harris said, "Nothing appeared in any criminal background checks, or interviews that would have given the organization concern about Williams." 

Williams last worked at Camp Quality Northwest Missouri in June 2017.

Cameron R-1 Schools posted the following statement Wednesday evening on its Facebook page:

“The Cameron R-1 School District was notified today of serious charges filed against W. Derek Williams. At the time the District first became aware of this matter, an immediate and thorough investigation was done, and the District has determined that there is no evidence that any alleged acts were perpetrated on District property. We want to assure our staff and students that we responded to the allegations appropriately and we have fully cooperated with law enforcement’s efforts in this matter. We will continue to do so as this matter proceeds. Since the time we became aware of allegations, Mr. Williams has not been on District property and will not be permitted to return. Although we are limited in what we can say about individual personnel matters, above all else, we want to assure you that the safety and well-being of District students is our primary concern. Should your student require support of any kind, the District’s counseling staff is always available. Likewise, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Matt Robinson should you or your student have any questions or concerns.”

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