The School Teacher Who Sought Revenge

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #124If you’re reading this, you either care about children or me, or perhaps both. Whatever your reason, thank you for reading!

I know everyone’s short on time. To keep my posts as short as possible, I summarize cases. My posts might be a paragraph longer because I’ve decided to add a brief ‘Take-Away’ when relevant; my opinion on what might be a characteristic or behavior to watch for at school or home.

Are there more serious issues going on at school than what I’ve shared in this post? Absolutely. However, you just might see in an upcoming novel, a sub-plot inspired by this case.

BLOG POST #124: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a fourth-grade teacher.

She was married to an undercover police detective. After nine-years with the school district, one bad decision in her personal life ended her career and her marriage. Her colleagues were quoted to have said she was a devoted mother and a conscientious teacher.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

When the former teacher found out her husband was having an affair she wanted revenge.

She snooped in her husband’s work email and saw an email labeled “sensitive details regarding investigation” and then read it.

It was intelligence information supplied by a confidential informant inside a close-knit drug gang targeted in a multi-agency investigation.

Some Really Bad Dudes

The gang members were violent, armed at all times, and had committed targeted burglaries of the homes of law enforcement officers, military personnel and criminals who they knew had guns.

The former teacher borrowed a co-worker’s cell phone and called the gang’s leader six times to tell him about the information that came from someone inside his organization. She didn’t consider her calls, regardless of what phone she used, would become part of the investigation.

Before the ‘outed’ informant could be moved into a protection program elsewhere, he suspiciously died by what was ruled a suicide.

He Did It: She Did It

She pleaded guilty to obstructing a drug investigation. In court, Federal prosecutors said they thought the former teacher was covering for her husband’s actions.

Her attorney said he initially shared prosecutors’ suspicions and thought her story made no sense. He changed his mind after making her undergo a lie-detector polygraph test, which he said indicated no deception.

At the sentencing, the U.S. District Judge said to the former teacher, “This is a very serious crime, with very serious consequences.”

And then the judge sentenced the former teacher to three years in federal prison where there is no parole.

Take-Away: My thought, in this case, is not to make decisions based on emotions. I know—obvious and easier said than done. Teachers, law enforcement, fire personnel—are all role models and should act accordingly or seek other employment. It’s a shame this conscientious teacher lost her career and her marriage because she sought revenge.

What do you think about this case? Your relevant comments about this post or any of the other posts are always welcome on the website.

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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Should School Teachers Be Drug-Tested?

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #120Why aren’t school teachers drug tested? I don’t know of any school districts requiring teachers to pass a drug test, before or during their employment. If you know of one, please email me with the district name and location.

Schools typically require safety-sensitive positions, such as a bus driver, to pass a pre-employment drug test. And more often than not bus drivers are also required to undergo periodic and random drug and alcohol testing.

BLOG POST #120: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 27-year-old second-grade school teacher with a drug problem.

A Classic Case

Too often a person prescribed pain medication for an injury of some sort becomes a drug addict. Their physician stops treatment, but the addiction remains. And then they turn to illegal drugs to self-medicate.

Teachers are not immune to the downward spiral of drug abuse.

As with most drug users, they get sloppy either by choice or by accident, and then they get caught.

Busted!

The second-grade teacher used a co-worker’s computer to access Facebook where she had communicated with someone on Messenger about using and selling heroin. She left the Messenger program open. The co-worker found it and reported what she’d read to her administrator.

The school administrator removed the teacher from her classroom and called the police. In the police interview, she admitted to drugs in her possession. She also admitted to pawning two of the district’s iPads for drug money and stealing from ‘field trip money.’

Her purse contained Methamphetamine, Heroin (described as black tar) and a sublingual film identified as Suboxone, a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are dependent on opioids.

She also had multiple empty and loaded syringes some with exposed needles, multiple small empty plastic baggies, multiple small broken and empty balloons commonly used to store narcotics, and two bent metal spoons with burn marks.

Her Life Is Forever Changed

Days before her arrest, she submitted her resignation to take effect approximately two weeks later, one day after the school’s final day of classes. During the interim, the school placed her on paid administrative leave.

The former teacher accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to drug possession and embezzlement. The judge sentenced her to 10 years in prison and payment of restitution.

She lost her career and at least ten years of her life to drugs.

Her prison term may be reduced if and when she completes a program designed to help women deal with drug addiction.

What do you think about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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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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

Link to Amazon

Find out what the students, parents, and staff

at Blackstone Academy are up to

in UNKNOWN THREAT,

an entertaining Mystery/Thriller novel.

Available at Amazon