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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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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Fleecing of America

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #108Hello! You may or may not know I worked as a payroll accountant for a school district before I retired. I’m telling you this because one of the two people in this blog post was an accountant, whose business provided budgeting and bookkeeping services for the school district.

I semi-seriously used to say to a co-worker, the way the district spent the public’s money was a fleecing of America.

At my level, I saw areas where thievery was possible. Apparently, the two women in this post found weak places as well. And they took advantage of those weaknesses.

Thanks for taking the time to read my research and for becoming more aware of possible wrongdoing in schools.

BLOG POST #108: This week, I’m sharing research on two specific criminal cases involving an accountant and a school teacher.

It didn’t seem like a conflict of interest.

Mother was a contract accountant. Typically, contract accountants are responsible for everything from requests for proposals to payment. Not typical is an accountant who processes her check requests.

The daughter was a teacher in the same district where the mother’s business handled the accounting.

Like Minds Think Alike

After extravagantly spending school district money on travel, catered events, meetings in local hotels and artwork, the district was under state-controlled leadership at the same time the mother-daughter team bilked the district for more than $525,000.

A few years before the scam, the daughter set up a shell business for supplies such as writing activity kits, maps and globes, and booklets on multiplication, division, and active algebra.

For four years the mother paid invoices to the shell business. The schools received nothing; mother and daughter received money.

Their crime spree may have lasted a few more budget cycles had it not been for an accounts payable audit.

Criminal Minds: Where Are They Now?

Mother and daughter went to trial and were found guilty of program fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and tax charges.

U.S. Attorney said, “Anyone who considers defrauding our schools should take note that we are scrutinizing records and conduct, and will prosecute those who steal funds intended to educate our children.”

Mother was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $530,000. The daughter was sentenced to 36 months.

Mother is scheduled to be released from prison in March 2018. The daughter was released June 2016.

If you found this case interesting, you’ll also want to read (and it’s a quick read) this similar case: School Bookkeeper Sentenced to 14-Months in Prison

 

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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Don’t Accept Candy From A Bully

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #107When researching cases, I often reflect on situations my adult children experienced when they were in school and what my grandchildren see nowadays. Sadly, they’ve all crossed paths with a bully.

When it comes to bullying, there are too many cases. Parents are in denial. Schools are overworked and underfunded. Law enforcement has bigger fish to fry.

I’m certain if I asked each of you reading this post to share a bully incident; you’d ALL have a story to tell.

Thank you for reading and for caring about children.

BLOG POST #107: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two middle school bullies.

Students bullying students begins as early as kindergarten

Kids who bully, start school as bullies, they gain intensity and momentum as they progress through the grades.

We’ve all heard and understand the act of bullying is more about the bully than the victim. It’s about the bully’s low self-esteem, low self-worth, or it’s learned from their dysfunctional home life. That fact doesn’t make it any easier for the victim.

Some schools do bully awareness training for students. I’m all for it! I’ve seen role play training teach students how to respond to bullying. When a victim challenges a bully, the bully typically moves on to bully someone else. Training helps kids learn how to stand up to bullies.

Middle School Sports: Who’s Watching the Spectators?

The middle school girls’ basketball team was warming up for their game. Kids like to hang out after school with friends. A sporting event provides the perfect excuse to hang out.

On this day, at this middle school, one of the students hanging out had mental disabilities. His ‘friends’ knew he was an easy mark.

A Bully Offering A Gift Is Bad News

The two bullies wiped a urinal with a candy Push Pop. Then they gave it to the boy with disabilities and encouraged him to lick it, which he did. After he had licked the candy, they told him what they had done with it.

Security cameras recorded the incident. The bullies also punched and kicked the boy. All three boys were 14 at the time.

“I think what hurts me more than anything is they did it in front of 30 of his peers and that nobody felt the need to go and tell somebody,” said the victim’s mother.

Law enforcement filed misdemeanor charges of assault and violating the Safe Schools Act against the two bullies.

Safe School Act Full Text

The defense attorney said regarding her clients’ actions, “I would categorize this incident as an incident of youthful indiscretion…. I hate to use the phrase ‘kids will be kids,’ but I think that is what happened in this instance.”

With security video evidence, the boys admitted in court to the two charges.

Two Peas In A Pod

This incident happened in early spring. The school suspended both boys for the remainder of the school year.

The judge disagreed with the boys’ attorney. He said, “You’re supposed to be on your best behavior in school. So if this is an example of your best behavior, I wonder what your worst behavior is.”

Both boys received the same sentence. And both will be under court supervision in addition to:

  1. No contact with the victim.
  2. Serve 25 hours of community service helping people with special needs.
  3. Write apology letters to the victim and school.
  4. Participate and cooperate in counseling.
  5. Pay court costs of just over $100.00.

If either boy fails to comply or is in trouble with the law again, they will serve five days in a juvenile detention center.

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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Friends Today – Enemies Tomorrow

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BLOG Post #102Thank you for taking time from your busy day or night to read my post. After you’ve read today’s research, be sure to remind your children and their children to change all social media passwords.

I have a 12-year-old granddaughter. This case made me think of her and a few of her friends. She’s experienced some bullying, but nothing like what happened in this case.

BLOG POST #102: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 12-year-old girl and her 11-year-old accomplice.

If you have a pre-teen or a teenager, you know it’s difficult if not impossible to keep them away from social media and the Internet.

Kids and the Internet

Depending on whether your child(ren) are younger, or older, this post will either give you a ‘heads up’ on what’s on the horizon for you or make you appreciate that this (hopefully) didn’t happen to any of your kiddos.

Did you know it’s a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service to use Facebook if you’re under 13?

Facebook’s Terms of Service are clear, yet there are many, many children under 13 using the social networking service.

In my opinion, the under-age users primarily use the service to keep up with their small circle of friends. It becomes a problem when the friends turn into enemies, which when you’re young, can happen as often as the weather changes.

Young children although they’re pretty savvy with technology, they’re still quite naïve about security.

Bullying Can Constitute a Crime

I’m sure you’ve used a different computer or device to access social media or a website where you needed a password to access. You get a pop-up window asking if you want the login information saved for the computer you’re using.

One afternoon, the two young girls logged-in to Facebook using the 12-year-old victim’s profile and password. The victim had previously logged in using her ex-friend’s computer.

The two girls posted sexually explicit content, defaced the victim’s photos, wrote slut under her photos, and then sent out messages to random people inviting them to the victim’s home for sex.

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, in a nationally survey representative of 12-17-year-old middle school and high school students conducted in 2016,

10.3% have been impersonated online, and 33.8% have been cyberbullied.

Both young girls were arrested and charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing. Remember they’re 11 and 12.

The County Sheriff’s Captain, a national expert on bullying and electronic harassment, said, “I think the biggest part of it is education and information, letting parents and students know what cyberbullying is,” the officer went on to say, “The Internet is a tool, just like a pencil. Are you poking someone in the eye or are you looking at it with a purpose?”

Lesson Learned

The 12-year-old girl pleaded guilty to the charges and received a deferred sentence. She was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months, attend counseling, and perform 20 hours of community service. The judge gave her permission to use a computer with adult supervision.

The 11-year-old girl received a diverted sentence. Her case will be dismissed and expunged from her record if she abides by the requirements set out by probation.

It’s important to remind young people to change their password often and especially if they’ve accessed the Internet from a foreign computer or device.

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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