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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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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A Sexual ‘Hit List’ At The High School

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Thank you for spending a few minutes to read my research. I hope as you’ve been reading about these cases your awareness and vigilance is becoming heightened.

If one nugget of information causes someone to question a behavior, then my time sharing these cases has been well spent. If you do become aware of someone at a school you think may be a danger to someone else, NEVER try to handle the situation yourself – REPORT your suspicions to school administration or law enforcement.

BLOG POST #126: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school students.

Not A Merry Christmas

Just before Christmas one year, two high school boys were arrested and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 15-year-old female classmate. Another boy was also charged, but due to his age, the case was handled in juvenile court with sealed records.

The state law says anyone under age 16 cannot consent to sexual activity.

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Well Groomed

The grandmother of the 15-year-old student sexually assaulted believes the boys groomed her granddaughter and planned the sexual assault.

The female victim said in her written statement the boys repeatedly complimented her leading up to the crime.

Party Time

The day of the crime, the boys lured the 15-year-old student away from her track practice, gave her alcohol, and then drove her to one boy’s home where they raped her and took pictures of the assault.

Police said they were unable to confirm the photograph’s existence because they could not bypass the boy’s phone’s password encryption.

Both defendants admitted to police they knew what they were doing was wrong because the girl was 15 and drunk.

Done Deal

One teen pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim between 13 and 15. The other teen entered a plea to one count for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at his home. The second teen also pleaded guilty to giving alcohol to the girl, which is a misdemeanor.

“A relative of the victim said, “We expected school would be a safe zone we had no idea she would be in a danger or would be in any kind of risk there.”

Sympathetic Judge

At the time of the crime, both boys were 17, and had clean records, the judge sentenced the boys to one year in county jail and three years of probation. And, because they were sentenced under a Youthful Trainee Act, if they don’t re-offend, their records will be wiped clean when they’re off probation.

Who’s The Victim?

The boys were not allowed on school property, were not allowed to attend prom, and did not walk with their graduating class at commencement.

The victim’s grandmother said her granddaughter experienced extreme bullying at school because the defendants were popular. She also said school officials were aware of the boys’ reputation, which included a ‘hit list’ of freshmen girls they wanted to target.

Worth mentioning: One prosecutor blasted a Circuit Court judge for his refusal to order the two high school boys be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The judge said the time limits for testing had expired. The tests should have been done within 48 hours of the defendants’ indictment.

Here’s my ‘Take Away’ in this case: When an upper-class boy shows interest in a freshman girl—parents need to thoroughly and openly question the boy’s intentions. Don’t be dissuaded because your daughter’s horrified or humiliated by your inquisitiveness. If the boy’s intentions are honorable, he’ll stick around. If his intentions are unscrupulous, he’ll move on to another less challenging target.

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.

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Thanks for reading and caring about children!

-Robin

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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.

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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