5th Grade Teacher To Spend Life In Prison

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #130Nothing makes me angrier than an adult abusing a child. Yes, there are children with mental illness who can misbehave, sometimes criminally.

Most children are innocent little beings who just want to have fun, be cared for and be loved.

Most parents trust the people who work at schools to look out for their child’s safety and welfare while in their custody. Sadly, parents should not have trusted this sexual predator.

BLOG POST #130: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a sexual predator at a Christian Academy.

A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

He taught 5th grade, and was also the director of summer school day camp, a youth minister and coached youth sports.

The authorities knew nothing about the teacher’s criminal behavior. They began looking into him after someone contacted them and asked if they were investigating him.

Together with our law enforcement partners, the FBI will remain vigilant to ensure our children are protected,” said the FBI Special Agent in Charge.

A police detective contacted the pastor at the Church where the teacher was a youth minister and asked if the pastor was aware of any criminal investigation into his youth minister.

False Allegations?

The Church pastor was not aware of an investigation.

Less than one week after the police detective contacted the church pastor, the teacher’s wife, who was separating from her husband, came forward with information about her husband’s conduct with students.

A Skilled Sexual Predator

An undercover FBI agent in an online forum received from the teacher 141 images and six videos depicting sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Agents searched the teacher’s home and found he had documented in photos and videos his sexual abuse of 29 children from his community, all between the ages of 6-12.

The former teacher pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexually exploiting a minor; one count of distributing child pornography; and one count of possessing child pornography.

A sentence of 250 years in federal prison will forever protect children and their parents from [the former teacher],” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The court sentenced him to 30 years for each of the seven counts and concurrent (served at the same time) prison terms of 20 years for the other two counts—a total of 210 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release should he be released from prison. Sentenced at the age of 43, his scheduled release date, should he live that long, is in 2097.

Worth mentioning: The former teacher appealed his sentence because a sentence of 210 years is several times greater than his remaining life expectancy; it is by definition “greater than necessary.” The court disagreed and upheld the sentence.

Here’s my ‘Take Away’ on this case: Beware of the smooth operator who is also a narcissist. Anytime an adult married or not, invites children to sleep over at their home especially when they do not have children—say NO! If an adult married or not wants to spend alone time with a child regardless of how genuine they appear—say NO!

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Thanks for reading and caring about children!

-Robin

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This Teacher Collected Inappropriate Images For More Than 40 Years

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I know the information I share is disturbing, and for that, I apologize. But these crimes do happen, and we can’t pretend otherwise. It is my hope, reading my research will better equip you to notice when something is ‘off’ at school. Thank you for caring about children and continuing to read my research.

BLOG POST #128: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a teacher’s addiction to pornography.

Secret Life

He’d secretly collected thousands of inappropriate images of abused children for more than 40 years, some boys as young as 5, 6, or 7 years old.

This defendant received thousands of images portraying the sexual abuse of children,” said the U.S. Attorney in a press release.

His secret may have continued if it weren’t for a law enforcement agent who logged into a publicly available Internet file sharing program and downloaded images of child pornography from shared directories maintained by the teacher.

The FBI executed a search warrant at his residence. And he was arrested after admitting he had used the file sharing program to obtain and trade child pornography.

Was It Worth It?

He’d worked at the prestigious private, co-ed, prep school for high school students for 23 years, most recently as a theater and film teacher and also in community theaters around the region.

There were no photos of children he taught nor had he used school computers to access the file sharing sites he used. He cooperated with the FBI, accepted responsibility and appreciated the treatment program he’d been in since his arrest.

The former teacher waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney also said, “The fact that this heinous crime was committed by a teacher, whose profession is committed to the well-being of children, makes it especially disturbing.”

At age 65, the former teacher was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Worth mentioning: A joint study was conducted by a local newspaper and TV station in the (small) state where the former teacher lived. They found during 2011 – 2015, six or more teachers were arrested in the state each year for alleged sexual misconduct, with nine arrests in 2015. And before that time-frame, the average yearly total was four. Here’s the full report: Teacher Misconduct

If you do a basic math calculation using population and the numbers from the study, then apply those figures to the entire U.S., the results would indicate 542 teachers are arrested for sexual misconduct each year. Many variables would apply (socioeconomic, rural vs. urban, etc.). From my research, I knew there was a lot of bad behavior happening at schools, but this is staggering.

My Takeaway: Other than on the internet where you can often have screen names, this man hid his perversion from the world outside his home for more than 40 years. From all I read, he lived alone. He didn’t cross the line and take photos of his students or try to groom them. It’s a good thing he taught older children or his crimes may have been worse.

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.

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Middle School Manipulator

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When a parent sends their child to school they expect a quality education, they also expect and should demand their child will be safe while there.

Pedophiles are good manipulators. They have honed their skill to recognize a child’s vulnerabilities and then overcompensate to address those weaknesses as part of the grooming process.

BLOG POST #122: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a Middle School Social Studies Teacher and two students.

Criminal Behavior

After the 31-year-old teacher and his 13-year-old student had been in a sexual relationship for more than one year, the girl told her parents.

He worked for the school district not quite three years before the police arrested him at the middle school and confiscated his cell phone. Next stop was a search of the teacher’s home and computer.

Bold Request

Law enforcement learned through the investigation, he’d sent the girls, (the 13-year-old and a 14-year-old) sexual texts and naked pictures of himself. And he asked the girls to send him naked pictures of themselves, which they did.

The county assistant prosecutor said, “People have to send their kids to school; they have no choice. They trust that teachers will protect their children. They never expect a teacher is the one they should have feared the most.”

When the former teacher pleaded guilty to sexual battery, he admitted that he’d taken the 13-year-old girl to his house and engaged in sexual conduct with her.

The former teacher resigned his position and the Department of Education permanently revoked his teaching license.

Let’s Make A Deal

He accepted a plea agreement and was found guilty of one count of sexual battery, 22 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, seven counts of importuning, six counts of endangering children and one count of possessing criminal tools.

Importuning is sending text messages or e-mails asking someone to perform a sexual act.

At his sentencing, the former teacher said to the judge, “I’m begging you to give me a second chance at life.”

Life: Not Life

Originally the court sentenced the former teacher to a total of 93 years in prison. Then there was an order to vacate his endangering children conviction and sentence.

The sentencing judge replied to the former teacher, “I don’t mean to disappoint you, but I will not be giving you a second chance.”

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to be involved in a criminal court case, then you know criminal cases are in and out of court frequently, appealing this or that.

Rather than just resentence for the endangering children conviction, the court conducted a De novo resentenced on all counts, lowering the total sentence to 21-years and $1.25 million in restitution.

A De novo sentencing is a judicial review that will be conducted as if prior proceedings had never taken place.

He was labeled a Tier III sex offender, the most serious classification. He must register his home and work address with the County sheriff every 90 days for the remainder of his life.

As of this posting, he’s scheduled to be released from prison in 2031, when he’s 52.

Worth mentioning: The former teacher filed another appeal arguing his attorney was ineffective for not  contesting that the nude photos were protected speech under the First Amendment and could not be used as the basis for conviction. The court denied his appeal.

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.

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-Robin

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Friendly Danger At The Elementary School

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #119

Hello, friends. Thank you for spending some of your busy day or evening to read my post.

If you’ve been reading my blog posts, by now, you know schools unknowingly employ pedophiles. And there’s not much we can do about it until it’s too late. In my opinion, parents need to talk openly with their young children about ‘stranger danger’ and ‘friendly danger.’

Something as weird as an employee taking a picture of your child’s feet (see linked post) should raise a BIG red flag. Barefoot in First Grade

BLOG POST #119: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary schools teacher’s assistant.

What do the websites Dark Moon and King of Future Dreams have in common?

They are the two member-only websites where a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant exchanged photographs of children being sexually abused.

Who’s Watching The Employees?

In 2006, he began working for the school district as a substitute teacher’s assistant, at both middle school and elementary school levels. Several months after he started he was moved to a permanent position.

In 2014, the teacher’s assistant began exchanging pornographic images with an undercover police officer in New Zealand. The New Zealand Police Department forwarded the obtained information to the local law enforcement agency.

High End Of Criminal Culpability

Many of the 40,000+ pornographic images found on the teacher’s assistant’s home computer showed prepubescent males being sexually abused. None of the pornographic images were of students from the school where he worked.

There were however, non-pornographic images of students from his school that he had either taken or copied from Facebook posts. He used these images as avatars on his file-sharing accounts. Others on the sites made comments about the sex acts they wanted to perform on the children depicted in the avatar photos.

At the sentencing, the U.S. District Court Judge said, she had worked in the field of computer forensics for nearly 16 years, and could say with some confidence that someone in possession of more than 40,000 sexually explicit images and videos of children is at the high end of criminal culpability for this particular offense.

No Compassion: No Empathy

A jury convicted the former teacher’s assistant of conspiracy to make, print, or publish “any notice or advertisement seeking or offering” child pornography. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

The U.S. District Court Judge said, “To gain gratification looking at pictures of children being tortured is not the type of thing someone with compassion and empathy would have.”

Victim Impact Statements

Parents of the children whose images were used as avatars wrote in their victim impact statements – they felt they had “failed” their children because they were unable to protect them. Very sad.

Parents also wrote, the impact of the defendant’s violation of their trust is that they “question everyone’s motives…don’t relax…and live in a tense world wondering who else wants to bring harm to [their] children.”

We no longer live in a world where children can safely play outside unattended all day and into the evening long after the street lights have turned on. My heart goes out to all families whose children have suffered because of a sexual predator working at their school.

Worth Mentioning: The former teacher’s assistant filed a motion to appeal the substantively unreasonable sentence in light of mitigating factors such as his lack of prior criminal history, age, education, his cooperation with law enforcement and the likelihood that he will re-offend. The appellate court upheld his sentence.

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.

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-Robin

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A Sexual Predator At The High School

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #108Greetings and thank you for reading my blog post. You care about children, or you wouldn’t continue to read my research. I believe understanding more about the dangers lurking online and offline helps us make the world a safer place for kids.

There are so many websites on the internet where teenagers can connect with other teens. Unfortunately, pedophiles and sexual predators are also on those sites. If you haven’t talked openly with your children about cyber predators, perhaps it’s time you did.

BLOG POST #111: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school teacher and a teenage girl (not one of his students).

How Much Freedom Should Teenagers Have?

If you have children, I’m sure you’ve had moments when you wanted to snoop on your child’s electronic device to see what websites they visit. Keeping an eye on who they communicate with on social media is a challenge. You might question if they deserve some freedom, or if they know better than to get involved in anything inappropriate. I say, kick those thoughts to the curb and snoop.

On this Mother’s Day weekend I’d like to salute the mother in this case for her decision to check-up on her daughter. If it hadn’t been for her, there’s no telling how this story may have ended.

Kids Are Easy To Persuade: Puppies. Candy. Money.

The teacher had met the teenage girl on a website called ‘deviantart.’ After some time, the two moved their communication to emails.

He started grooming her slowly by talking about photography and problems in life. He lavished her with compliments about her beauty. Then he transitioned into a business proposition. If she sent him nude photos, he’d send money and gifts. She started sending him nude photos. In return, he sent her money, books, candy, clothes, panties, and makeup.

When the mother questioned her daughter about the packages she was receiving, the daughter explained they were from a high school friend who had moved to another state.

To Snoop Or Not To Snoop – That Is The Question

Before the mother found out about the teacher’s inappropriate and illegal conduct, the teacher wanted more than photos. He and the teenager began using Skype to converse and masturbate together.

And then one day the teenage girl’s mother saw her daughter’s email account open on her computer, so she snooped to see what her daughter was doing and with whom she had been exchanging emails.

She was taken aback to find sexually explicit emails containing nude photos of her daughter and nude photos of a much older man. She immediately notified her local law enforcement agency.

Investigators Have Heard It All

The teacher told the law enforcement office who was questioning him, he taught high school advanced placement psychology and believed everything he was doing was helping the young girl feel good about her individuality. In reality, he taught social studies.

He admitted to participating in sexual role-play through emails with the young girl. Explaining his behavior as part of the ‘therapy’ he was using to help her feel good about herself.

When the investigator asked the teacher about sending nude photos of himself and specifically of his penis, he denied sending any. Later he admitted to sending the photos but failed to have a reasonable explanation as to why he sent them.

He’s Right Where He Should Be

After searching his electronic devices, FBI agents discovered another teenager he was grooming and had enticed into producing and sending him pornographic photos. And there was more child pornography recovered from his computer.

He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. A federal judge sentenced him to 27 years in prison for enticement of a minor and production of child pornography plus a 20-year concurrent sentence for receiving child pornography. Upon release (at age of 86) he will serve a lifetime of supervised release and register as a sex offender.

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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