A Wasted Teaching Career

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There is no way to measure the level of wrongdoing to determine ‘the worst’ when comparing one school crime against another. They’re all deplorable and heartbreaking.

Sexual crimes, including child pornography, seem to be the most prevalent. When you read about the case referenced in this post, you may learn something new about how law enforcement agencies are catching people who use the internet to distribute and exchange child pornography.

BLOG POST #144: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a kindergarten teacher.

Big Brother Is Watching

At the time this case was investigated, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force had the capability to remotely identified a computer being used to share child pornography files. And then they were able to download the files from the computer to support their request for a search warrant.

The ICAC did not know the offender was a kindergarten teacher until the search and subsequent arrest.

ICAC Task Force agents found the offender in possession of a computer containing 40 files of child pornography.

Once A Teacher

He voluntarily surrendered his teaching license.

The former teacher was arrested and remained in custody until his arraignment. Prior to sentencing, the court released him with the condition he resided at a halfway house under pretrial supervision pending trial.

The Attorney General said, “Child pornography is not just pictures or videos, it is horrific violence and assault that children are subject to in order to make those images and videos.”

In federal court, the former teacher pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography charges.

Do The Crime: Serve The Time

The court sentenced the former teacher to 78 months in prison and 15 years supervised release. And pay $1,000 restitution to three victims. Upon release, he’s required to register as a sex offender.

When released from federal prison, where there is no early parole, the former kindergarten teacher who once had a great career and lifetime of promise will be a 46-year-old sex offender.

Worth mentioning: The sentence could have been much longer had it not been for a loophole in the law in the state where the former teacher resided. The law at that time limited the prosecutors to charge defendants who possess images of children being exploited to one count of child exploitation irrespective of the number of images they possessed.

What do you think about this case? Did you know the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force had the ability to download files from your computer remotely? Join the conversation on the website. We mostly 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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This Teacher’s Actions Sent Her To Prison

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You’ll find nepotism in almost any business, most notably in the U.S. White House. School districts are no different. Relatives help relatives become gainfully employed.

I once managed the student services side of a school transportation department while my husband managed the vehicle maintenance side.

BLOG POST #141: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a female teacher and coach.

Nepotism

The husband and wife both worked at the school, a small co-ed PreK through 12th-grade private Christian school with approximately 250 students. In fact, the wife’s mother also taught at the school. There will be more on the husband at the end of the post.

Bad Teacher

At the time of her arrest the wife was teaching physical education, elementary school computer classes, was the head coach for girls’ basketball and volleyball.

Before she worked at the school, she attended the school as a student. When a student returns to a school as a teacher, you’d expect a higher level of respect for their Alma mater. She’d only worked there for a little more than one year when she began having sex with a male student.

It was noted that none of the crimes occurred on school grounds. The sexual relationship with the student lasted 18 months.

Felonious Behavior

She was arrested and charged with 11 counts of engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.

Having been charged with a Class B felony, the former teacher was faced with the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence—she accepted a plea agreement.

Hail Mary

Before entering a guilty plea, her attorney attempted to get the action postponed based on a court’s recent finding that the state’s teacher-student sex law was unconstitutional as it was applied in two other cases.

The court did not find the same was true in this case. So she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

From The Classroom To The Prison Cell

She’ll only be required to serve three years and upon release receive probation for five years. Also under the plea agreement, she must follow the state’s sex offender laws and cannot have any contact with the victim.

Consequences for teachers who engage in sex with students (minors) vary widely between states. Read the post The Kind Of Teacher You Don’t Want Teaching Your Son, to see the length of sentence that female teacher received.

Worth Mentioning: The husband of seven years was arrested the day after his wife. He was also charged with a sex act with a (female) student under the age of 19. His case will be the subject of a future post as it’s still working its way through the court system.

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Teenagers In A Motel Room Spells Trouble

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Last week, I shared research on three teens that made online threats to shoot up a school. Two of the three boys served time in jail for their actions.

While awaiting sentencing for the online threat charges, the older of the two boys was arrested on child pornography charges.

BLOG POST #137: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving teenagers and child pornography.

Party Tonight

Nothing good can happen when a group of teenagers party in a motel room. Two teens, a 15-year-old male, and a 13-year-old female were engaging in sex on one of the two beds in the room when the 18-year-old teen began recording them.

According to her testimony, the female said she told the older teen to stop recording. She continued having sex even though the boy had not stopped recording. Although the boy did say, he’d delete the video.

Pornography is Pornography

Not only did he not delete the video he shared it with friends via the Internet.

Because the victim was a minor, recording the video qualifies as producing, distributing and possessing child pornography in the state where the crime occurred.

Compounding Charges

The video may have gone unnoticed had it not been for the school shooting threat case. Law enforcement searched the older teen’s phone for information on the threat case when they found the video.

Originally charged with five counts, the oldest teen pleaded guilty to Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material, a four-year felony charge. And he’ll be on the sex offender registry for 15 years.

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Cyber Bullying Pushed This Teen To Suicide

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Hashtags (#) are powerful. You don’t need to use social media to understand what a hashtag is. They’re used on most social media platforms to draw attention to an event (#FootballGame), a product (#Cola), or a person (#TeacherOfTheYear).

Children understand hashtags very well. One component of cyber bullying is to use social media and associate someone’s name with cruel hashtags: #filtywhore #stupid #liar #skank #dumbslut.

Cyber bullying is devastating and destructive. And too often a child is embarrassed to tell their parent what’s going on.

BLOG POST #133: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three high school boys and one high school girl.

Party Time

It was a holiday weekend, no school on Monday and her best friend’s parents were going to be out of town. One girl told her parents she’d be staying at the other’s home and vice versus.

The girl whose parents were out of town invited a dozen friends to party at her house, where the alcohol was accessible.

After sipping vodka mixed with Gatorade, the victim became super drunk and went to a bedroom to sleep. Three boys accompanied her. The boys removed her clothes while she was passed out, and then used markers to write and draw on her partially naked body.

Heartless Boys

They then digitally violated her and took photographs.

When she awoke the next morning, she had no memory of how or when she had arrived in the bedroom or anything else.

The victim asked her mother to pick her up. Her mother recalls she was quiet and locked herself in her bedroom.

She was frantic to learn what had happened to her so she contacted several kids who had been at the party. She learned there were photos and many kids at her school had seen them.

Poor Self Image

The victim, like so many teenage girls, had an issue with her body image. Does this sound familiar? She wouldn’t eat in public; she wouldn’t eat breakfast, and she ate very little lunch.

No Way Out

She was so tormented by the thought of nude photos circulating she hung herself in the bathroom at her home and did not survive.

As you read this post, you might have wondered if the school she attended served troubled teens or if she and her friends were from struggling households. You’d be wrong. Her high school catered to the affluent in the heart of Silicon Valley.

At first, her mother didn’t understand what had pushed her daughter to take her life. Her daughter’s friends began to talk to her.

The Truth

The boys were identified. Lucky for them, their cases remained in juvenile court. Sharing child pornography on the internet can result in prison time for adults.

The judge sentenced one teen to 45 days in juvenile hall; the other two received 30 days. To be served on weekends so as not to miss school.

And they were required to make public statements of regret and remorse for their actions.

Within a stipulated two year period, each boy was also required to give ten presentations at any high school. The presentations were to include: Sexting, Dissemination of Nude Photographs, Soliciting Nude Photographs, Slut Shaming, Spreading Rumors, Dangers of Alcohol and Drugs.

Something Good

The victim’s parents continue to fight to change laws in hopes what happened to their daughter doesn’t happen to any other family.

Worth Mentioning: A documentary was made about this case and a similar case with a different outcome. The film was one of the official selections for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is a Netflix Original. Here’s the trailer: Audrie and Daisy

My take away: I’ve never had a loved one commit suicide, so I can’t image the pain this would cause a family. I have raised two children and from my experience, always, always confirm with the friend’s parents that the plan is what your child has told you it is.

My sincere condolences go out to all who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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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!

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