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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Retired Teacher Tied to International Child Porn Investigation

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #103From all my research, I’d say child pornography is the number one crime (in volume) at or connected to schools.

If you’ve been following my posts for any length of time, you see more pedophile stories than any other. This post is troubling, but certainly not an isolated crime.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to learn there’s a lot more going on at school than you think. When parents and communities use their knowledge to make a positive difference – everyone wins, especially children.

BLOG POST #103: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a volunteer athletic trainer at a high school.

It should be a no-brainer when a retired teacher volunteers for the high school where he once worked. Right?

Neither snow nor rain…

He worked as a high school social studies and English teacher before his retirement. After retirement, he volunteered as a high school football and wrestling athletic trainer.

His illicit and disgraceful activities came to light through an investigation into the distribution of child pornography in the U.S. by a foreign company.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents obtained subscriber information and shipping records from this company, which identified the retired teacher as a subscriber who had purchased suspected child pornography videos.

You Can Delete: But You Can’t Erase

In the course of the FBI investigation, they found videotapes of boys, approximately 14-years-old, on the football and wrestling teams the retired teacher coached.

The videos were made secretly with his hidden cell phone while the boys were partial nude to fully nude when in the locker room, weigh-in area, shower, and trainer’s office areas of the high school. The focus of the videos was the boys’ genital area.

Also found; 600 images of child pornography.

His Golden Years

Arrested and charged, he later pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The judge sentenced him to 180 months in federal prison, where there is no parole.

In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered him to serve five years of supervised release from prison, to pay a fine of $25,000 and a $100 special assessment.

He will also be required to register as a sexual offender. Should he serve his full sentence, he will be 80 at the time of his release.

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.

 

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-Robin

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Teacher Gets 25-Years for Depriving Students

BLOG POST #100Thank you for reading my blog post. The 100th post is a milestone and should be cause for celebration. When I think about 100 posts, it makes me sad that there are so many crimes occurring at or connected to schools that my research content is plentiful.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say parents and community members can make a difference in school safety by staying informed and aware.

BLOG POST #100: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school assistant director of music.

His teaching career began to spiral out-of-control during his early 30s.

Withholding Information

At the end of the school year, he was dismissed from the high school for inappropriate texting with a student. He secured a position at another school in a different state for the next school year.

There was some confusion about whether or not the high school misled the new school when they were conducting their background check on the teacher.

The new school said they received four positive references. But none of the references said why the teacher left.

The high school said the new school did not contact any administrators. And if they had, they would have been told he was ‘involuntarily terminated.’

Later, I’ll share my thoughts on why this scenario happens often.

Change Doesn’t Erase your Past

Most likely, the former assistant director of music spent his summer transitioning to a new city, a new home, and a new job.

What he didn’t know was the County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip about the teacher and began an investigation.

He was arrested in late September and remained in jail until he was sentenced.

The Bad Apple: Is Doing More Harm Than Spoiling the Bunch

This man was a teacher,” the Assistant U.S. Attorney said, “This man was supposed to care for the children. He was supposed to protect the children.”

The former teacher reportedly admitted to sexually charged text exchanges with students. In addition to sexual contact with a student more than ten times. And to coaxing a student to use the teacher’s phone and record himself masturbating.

The victim reportedly told investigators he and the teacher watched pornography together.

Was Justice Served?

In December of the same year, he pleaded guilty to the production of child pornography. Because he shipped, mailed, or transported material in interstate or foreign commerce the crime is Federal.

At the sentencing, the U.S. District Judge told the former teacher what he did was “tantamount to taking the victim’s life. Everyone should have their period of innocence. This individual was deprived of that, he’ll never get it back.”

He was sentenced to 25-years in Federal prison where there is no parole. He was also ordered to pay $12,290.05 to his victims. He was sentenced to a prison where he can receive intensive sex-offender treatment.

Upon release, he must register as a sex offender and notify law enforcement where he lives.

If you found this case interesting, here’s a similar case you will want to read: The Middle School Teacher’s Heinous Crime

When the Boss Isn’t Paying Attention

Why aren’t the bad apples weeded out during the vetting process? Or immediately when issues arise? I think it’s because laws prohibit employers from disclosing disciplinary actions.

However, laws don’t prohibit employers from investigating reports of inappropriate behavior, documenting, and then dismissing the bad apples. I believe weak leadership allows many of the bad apples to continue to work with children.

To their defense, school leaders typically start out as teachers and work their way up the chain of command. Most teachers became teachers because they wanted to teach children, not because they aspired to be a CEO.

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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