Give Them What They Want

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

What teenager doesn’t want money? I know, that’s a silly question. But what will they do to get money? Most would be willing to do honest work. A few would be willing to do almost anything.

The school employee in this researched case gave willing teens what they wanted. Money.

BLOG POST #153: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a human resources director.

On The Rise To Success

He’d worked in education for 16 years—a teacher for four years, assistant principal, and middle school principal. It was while he worked as a middle school principal he began a relationship with a male student that lasted almost five years.

The relationship started out similarly to other cases I’ve researched. The adult befriends the victim, asks for nude photos in exchange for nude photos. When the sex acts began, the principal paid the victim hundreds of dollars for sex.

With 12 years of experience, he moved on to the County Board of Education where he worked as a group director later promoting to human resources director. Prior to his arrest, he was in the running for a superintendent position. All the while his relationship with the underage teenager continued.

His World Crumbles

Eventually, the victim reported his lover to the local authorities and an investigation ensued. The investigation found the former teacher, principal, principal, and HR director also made video recordings of the sexually explicit conduct.

The acting U.S. Attorney said, “Sexual predators often abuse a position of trust to meet, exploit and sexually abuse children.”

The investigation found on the former HR director’s computer more than 700 pornographic images and nearly 200 videos of the victim and a second student as well as three children in another state, some as young as 12-years-old.

Take The Deal

To avoid a trial, the former HR director pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.

The judge sentenced him to more than 30 years in federal prison where there is no parole. His scheduled release is in 2042. He’ll be 65.

The acting U.S. Attorney was also quoted to have said, “Parents and education professionals should be alert to the possibility of improper relationships developing at school or online.”

Worth Mentioning: Did you know there’s a law entitled “School Employee Engaging in Sex Act or Deviant Sexual Intercourse with a Student under the Age of 19?” Sad but true.

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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