The Teacher On A Downward Spiral Of Addiction

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #109

When a school employee or other public service employee is arrested for illegal activities most people are disappointed and shocked. I know I continue to be saddened by the cases I research. If only there were a way to vet applicants so as to hire the very best.

Thank you for taking time from your busy life to read and learn about school news that often doesn’t make ‘the news.’

BLOG POST #112: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school special education teacher.

I’ve never known a heroin addict. After researching this case, I wondered…Was his drug use not noticeable?

And Then There Was One

A student found a syringe on the restroom floor. He gave the syringe to a teacher’s aide. The school notified local authorities and a criminal investigation ensued.

At the beginning of the investigation, there were three teachers under suspicion. It was when the  K-9 narcotics officer began searching the school and detected drugs in the teacher’s backpack that he became the single suspect.

He was in his mid-30s and taught special education at the high school level.

The Dog Knows

His backpack which was in the classroom, on the floor next to his desk.

Officers found in the backpack, 125 packets of heroin, syringes, pills, and other paraphernalia.

Under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, he never returned to the classroom.

The judge didn’t believe the personal use admission and said to the teacher, “That’s a tremendous amount of narcotics in your possession, in your classroom, in your bag, right by your desk.”

He denied selling narcotics but admitted to being a heroin addict and claimed all the heroin in his possession was for personal use.

Was The Sentence Appropriate?

There wasn’t enough evidence to prove distribution. The ex-teacher accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of a controlled and dangerous substance.

The court sentenced no jail time; instead, he’ll serve four years of probation, 100 hours of community service and undergo regular drug testing.

Eight years after issuance, he relinquished his teaching certificates and began working in a hotel restaurant.

The judge commended the student who found the syringe as, “Bright and responsible.”

If you found this case interesting, you’ll also want to read a similar case: Chasing the Dragon

What do you think about this case? Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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This School Teacher Sexually Abused More Than 50 Children

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #109

First, I want to apologize for the length of this post. To respect your time, I try to keep posts short. There was a lot of information on this case; I didn’t want to leave out any pertinent details. With that said, thank you for reading and caring about children.

BLOG POST #109: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an American teacher, born and raised in New York, working at international schools which cater to the rich and super-rich.

The case referenced in this post deviates from my usual research of crimes taking place at or involving schools in the United States. Nonetheless, this case demonstrates how wily a pedophile can be.

Once A Pedophile Always A Pedophile?

When he was 19, he worked as a teacher’s aide in California. He was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for fondling the penises of boys as young as seven while teaching them to swim. He pleaded guilty. Released after serving 90 days in jail, he was placed on the sex offenders register and required to tell authorities when he moved.

Ten years later, without notifying the authorities, he left the country and began teaching children of U.S. workers in Saudi Arabia.

There are close to two hundred schools around the globe supported by the U.S. government to promote a U.S.-style education.

Every Child Is At Risk

Even when parents are rich and super-rich, their children can still become victims of child sexual abuse without the parents knowing what was happening. The pedophile, in this case, was that smooth.

He was said to be charming and popular. And married with two sons.

Following his wife, as she climbed the corporate ladder, he taught in several countries.

Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid

He taught English, world history, and coached boys’ basketball at the middle school level. When newly hired, the first thing he did was set up a travel club, whereby he took students on overnight hiking and camping trips.

For the children he’d chosen to abuse, he served them drug-laced Double Stuff Oreo cookies and water. To be certain the boys ate the entire cookie; he proposed a competition, the one who ate the cookies the fastest would be the first to pick a bed. What kid doesn’t love a cookie eating competition?

So as not to be caught, he also drugged the other chaperoning teacher. One teacher said in an interview, he brought her a beverage in a mug and insisted she drink it all. With the first sip, she tasted something odd. Still, she drank the beverage and remembered nothing until morning.

One student, who went on an overnight trip and ate the cookies, reported he woke the next morning feeling dazed. He noticed he had on different shorts and a friend was wearing his shorts.

Somebody Dropped The Ball

Occasionally, colleagues and parents mentioned concerns to principals. Rather than investigate, school administrators avoided the issue partly because his wife held a prominent role in the international school system and partly because school principals typically aren’t good people managers.

Without consequence, he sexually abused more than 50 children over a span of 40 years.

A Special Agent with the FBI said, “I have never seen another case where an individual may have molested this many children over such a long period of time.”

This criminal’s story may have ended differently had it not been for his housekeeper in Nicaragua who’d stolen his flash drives and turned them into the school. After seeing what was on the flash drives, the principal fired the teacher and alerted the authorities.

Before the FBI could issue a search warrant, the American teacher committed suicide.

Hear No Evil; See No Evil; Speak No Evil

When the FBI notified parents of their boys’ photos on the flash drives and of the probable molestation, many decided they didn’t want to know more or see the photos. They didn’t want their children to know what had happened, they just wanted ‘it’ to go away.

During the investigation it was determined if any of the international schools had done a criminal records check from the U.S., it would have been disclosed that he was a convicted child molester.

It is unknown if his wife knew he was a prolific pedophile or if he’d abused his sons.

What do you think about this case? Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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When Class Ended, the Party Started for This Elementary Teacher

 

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #104Addiction can be a good thing as with exercise or healthy living, most often it’s not.

Many of us are addicted to something; alcohol, drugs, sugar, shopping, etc. My mother, for most of her adult life, was addicted to alcohol.

I once worked with a woman who was addicted to methamphetamine. We were both school bus drivers at the time. She was well liked and good with kids. Her personality was kind and gentle. I had no idea she was a drug addict until everyone at work knew.

Thank you for taking time from your busy life to read my blog post. In researching this case, I felt conflicted about feeling sorry for this addict or feeling angry. The subject of addiction may be too close to my heart to make an unbiased judgment.

BLOG POST #104: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary resource teacher.

Aloha Students

Her appearance was how you’d expect a young elementary teacher living on a tropical island would look – long sun-bleached hair, tan, and fit, laid-back.

Did You Have A Favorite Teacher In School?

The young teacher had been with the school five years. Students liked her, parents did too. She was a ‘fun teacher.’ And she was a single mother with three children.

Nobody suspected she was a drug dealer with an addiction.

A Quick Buck

After her divorce, she refinanced her home to pay off her ex-husband and have sole ownership.

From the refinance money she set aside a large sum, $60,000, and gave it to a friend of a friend to purchase drugs for her while the person was in California. After the purchase, they were supposed to ship the drugs to the teacher.

She accepted a package at her home thought to contain the drugs. However, the day before, investigators intercepted the drug parcel which contained more than 900 tablets of ecstasy and over 2 pounds of cocaine.

She was using this as an investment opportunity,” said the Assistant U.S. Attorney.

The elementary teacher was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute, a federal crime. She later pleaded guilty and admitted to the court she’d been a drug user for years.

A Compassionate Judge

At the sentencing, the federal judge told her, “You were a role model. You sent the worst possible kind of message to young children.”

She was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison. Because she ‘received’ the drug parcel at her home, her home was subject to forfeiture. She lost her home. And she was ordered to undergo substance abuse and mental health treatment.

What do you think about this case? Do you know of a school crime or a crime connected to schools you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

If you found this case interesting, you’ll want to read this short post also: Nobody Suspected the School Principal was Living a Double Life

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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When Bullying Turned Deadly

Blog Post #95

Thank you taking the time to read my post. Time is precious and we all have few minutes to spare. I try to keep my posts short.

Does it seem like bullying is out of control or is it just getting more press time? Either way, it needs to stop!

Armed with knowledge and determination, parents can make schools safer.

BLOG POST #95: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving several high school students.

Girl High School Students are Bullied More Often than Boys

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, 24.8% female high school students reported being bullied while at school, 15.8% of their male counterparts.

Boys Can Be Just as Mean as Girls

The victim was 16, an honor roll student, a basketball player, and a Junior ROTC cadet. His first job was at 14. He bought his first car, a BMW, with his money.

During his sophomore year, he gained weight. Students began to bully and tease him. He started skipping classes, his grades dropped, and he became truant.

Teenagers Have Underdeveloped Coping Skills

Rather than seeking treatment from the therapy his family had arranged he self-medicated with marijuana. He went from an outgoing teenager who always laughed about something and had lots of friends, to the kind of teenager who commanded respect from his former bullies.

There was a disagreement between the 16-year-old and another teenager. The other teen asked his two older brothers to help him ambush and rob the 16-year-old. The 16-year-old was lured away from school on the pretense of a drug deal. He went to a path, named ‘The Cut,’ which many kids used to walk from a nearby neighborhood, where they could park for free, to the school. The school had pay-to-park lots.

The older boys jumped the 16-year-old from behind and shot him six times. The victim fell to the ground where he was rolled over and shot again in the head, execution style. The 20-year-old gunman was arrested and later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Two of the three other teens involved were charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

The county attorney said, “When you get involved in the drug culture, anything can happen, including this.”

Action or Reaction? You Can’t Take it Back

The 20-year-old was sentenced to 75-years in prison with 25-years suspended. The 20-year-old did accept responsibility for his actions and gave a statement at his sentencing. In part, he said, “To my mother and [the victim’s] mother, I owe my greatest apologies to both of you. There is no excuse for my actions. I wish I could take it all back.”

What are your thoughts on this case? Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

 

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Under the Stars

Original photo from Pexels.comPOST #92: This week I’m sharing some research on two female high school teachers.

To anyone living in the mid-west, camping out when school is on winter break in December must sound crazy. When you live near the beach, it’s perfectly normal. A warm campfire and sleeping under the stars can be a lot of fun.

For these two teachers, it may have been fun at the time, but it turned into reality soon after. The 38-year-old teacher sent a group text message to a 30-year-old friend and fellow teacher, and to five male students. She asked them to join her at the beach to camp under the stars. All accepted.

During the campout, the teachers provided alcohol and cocaine to the boys. The teachers also had sex with some of the boys. Four of the five students were over 18.

When their school district learned about the campout, both teachers were placed on paid administrative leave. The school notified authorities.

Both teachers were arrested and originally charged with one felony count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and providing a controlled substance to a minor. The younger teacher was also charged with a felony count of oral copulation of a minor.

The older teacher pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse. She was sentenced to three years formal probation and three months in jail stayed pending completion of 15 days of community service working with the state transportation department (typically the road crew).

The younger teacher pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse and one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. She was sentenced to three years formal probation and 180 days in jail stayed pending completion of 180 days in a lock-down rehabilitation facility.

Both teachers resigned from their positions. Per the state education code, both teachers’ credentials were revoked for life.

Worth mentioning: Another teacher (male) used social media to express his frustration with the students because they didn’t keep their mouths’ shut and enjoy it. He was placed on paid administrative leave for unprofessional conduct. A district spokeswoman was quoted to have said: “We expect teachers to maintain a level of professionalism in their classroom and in their social media presence as well.”

What do you think about this case? Were the sentences too lenient?  Was the school district’s action regarding the teacher who posted on social media appropriate? Do you know of a school crime that you feel others should be made aware of? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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