FBI arrests 19-year-old Osceola substitute teacher for distribution of child porn

District says Joshua Merced-Trychta taught at 9 schools

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The FBI has arrested a 19-year-old substitute teacher in the Osceola County School district for distribution of child porn, court records show.

The district said Joshua Merced-Trychta was fired once he was arrested.

“This individual began working for us as a substitute teacher on Sept. 29, 2020, and the last day he worked for us according to our sub fill system was on April 14, 2021,” the district said in a statement.

School officials said his fingerprints were cleared when he was hired.

The district said they have not been informed of any students who were victimized.

Officials said he was a substitute teacher at the following schools:

  • Celebration High School
  • Osceola High School
  • Poinciana High School
  • Horizon Middle School
  • New Beginnings
  • NeoCity Academy
  • Sunrise Elementary (district said it was for only one class)

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