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 school’s 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? Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading and caring about children!

-Robin

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The 44-Year-Old Teacher And Her 13-Year-Old Student

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #115Hello! Thank you for your continued interest in my research. This week, you may be surprised that the teacher involved in the sex crime case is a woman. Male sexual predators overwhelmingly outnumber females in sex crime cases involving children. But there are female sexual predators as in this week’s case.

BLOG POST #115: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a Special Education Teacher and her seventh-grade student.

The Teacher’s Lewd Behavior

The middle school special education teacher had been with the district for close to twenty years when she ended her career and essentially her life after initiated a sexual relationship with one of her seventh-grade students.

The ‘affair’ may have continued for longer than one month had the teacher and student not been parked in a dark corner of a public park a little after midnight when sheriff’s deputies were checking the park for suspicious behavior.

There’s No Turning Back

Following the teacher’s arrest, the school placed her on administrative leave. After posting bail and being released from jail, she resigned from her teaching position.

The county school superintendent said, “When we have an allegation like this it is a shock to parents, it’s a shock to students, it’s a shock to us as administrators, to the whole profession.”

In the student’s testimony, he said his teacher was sexually aggressive with him when she drove him home after he’d hung out at her house on Halloween.

The victim also stated during their one-month ‘affair,’ they’d had sex at the teacher’s home, in her car, and at hunting property belonging to her in-laws after riding four-wheelers.

Judged By A Jury Of Your Peers

It took the jury six hours to find the ex-school teacher guilty of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape and sexual assault on a person in custody, all felonies.

In court, the county prosecutor said, “One of our trusted teachers was willing to cross the line with a student.”

No Winners

School counselors and administrators met with students to discuss the matter.

The Superior Court Judge sentenced her to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years before she’d be eligible for parole. After her release from prison, she’ll be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.

The judge also prohibited her from any contact with minors other than her children.

She began serving her prison sentence in 2013, at the age of 45.

Worth Mentioning: She petitioned the court for a new trial based on inconsistencies in the victim’s testimony and because the prosecution only played portions of the victim’s interview tapes. Her petitions were denied in 2015 and 2016.

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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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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Shock and Horror Happened the Night Before a Basketball Tournament

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #105This case made me think of a Stephen King quote, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”

Researching and writing about creepy people and disgusting behavior is worth it when someone who’s read one of my stories or blog posts notices questionable behavior connected to a school and says or does something about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Keep your eyes open and never assume children are safe at school. If something seems amiss, it probably is. Say something.

BLOG POST #105: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school basketball players.

A freshman went on an overnight trip to a school sponsored basketball tournament and ended up in the hospital.

Locker Room Secrets

It had been a longstanding rite of passage for freshman basketball players to receive a ‘racking in’ from the older players. In other words, they received a beating.

Players routinely had not reported the abuse because they didn’t want to be labeled a ‘snitch.’ That year, one brave boy told the coach about the older boys’ conduct.

Criminal Hazing

While out of town, the coaches left the team unchaperoned to purchase groceries. It was during that window of opportunity the older players retaliated against the brave boy for reporting them.

The older boys beat four younger ones with a pool cue. If that wasn’t bad enough, two players held down the boy who reported them while a third upperclassman sodomized him with a pool cue.

When the coaches returned, they found the boy lying in a pool of blood. They took him to a medical center where he was treated and released.

The medical center, not the coaches, reported the incident to the proper authorities. State law mandated school employees report suspected child sexual abuse.

The next morning, the rape victim was taken to a hospital where surgery was performed to repair his damaged colon, prostate, and bladder. Let that sink in for a moment. The rape was so aggressive the boy’s bladder was damaged.

Short Term Consequence vs. Lifetime of Trauma

Three teens were arrested and charged with rape.

Two coaches and the director of athletics were arrested and charged with failure to report child sexual abuse.

There was a motion to move the teens’ trial to the adult court. The judge denied the motion. He stated the teens would have a better chance of rehabilitation in the juvenile system.

The County criminal judge said, “It’s hard for us to believe what a human being can do to another human being.”

The two teens that held the younger boy down were found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to sixty days in a juvenile facility.

The teen who committed the rape was found guilty of aggravated rape and remained in a juvenile facility for less than one year.

The judge dropped all charges against the coach and assistant coach because the language of the law stated school employees were mandated to report child sexual abuse if committed by a member of the child’s household. The law doesn’t address the moral obligation to report the crime. The law has since been updated.

The athletic director resigned from his position and agreed to 10-hours of community service working at a food bank.

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.

If you thought this case is an isolated incident, you should also read this post: High School Hazing

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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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