Predator in the Classroom

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

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

The case research I’m sharing in this post is disturbing. It boggles my mind why an adult would want to harm a child in any way.

Teachers, in general, have long been considered someone a child can trust based merely on their job title. Sadly, this is no longer the case and possibly was a false belief all along.

Parents are the best judge of character for whom to trust to be alone with their child. I believe when parents are actively involved in schools, the odds increase that their child won’t be abused by a school employee.

BLOG POST #151: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a fourth-grade teacher.

Were There Signs?

The fourth-grade teacher, age 45 (at the time), had been with the school district more than 15-years. He began sexually abusing students a few years into his teaching career, but it took more than 10-years to get caught.

He was arrested and charged with abusing four boys between 7 and 10 years old. Some of the boys were his students; others were children or relatives of his family, friends or neighbors.

It was reported, much of the abuse occurred in his classroom at lunch or after school. And nobody had even a hint of suspicion?

The Trade-off

For allowing him to kiss them on the lips, touch their buttocks and perform oral copulation, the ex-teacher gave the boys money, ice cream, candy, took them out for pizza and the movies.

He abused one boy for more than two years and abused the three other boys for nearly a year.

Room Without A View

Because he was considered a flight risk and trial delays, he remained in jail for four-years prior to his trial. As jurors were soon to be selected, he reversed his original not-guilty plea and pleaded guilty to six counts of felony lewd act on a child, one count of felony continuous sexual abuse and misdemeanor child molesting. He also admitted to several special allegations, including that there were multiple victims and they were under the age of 18. 

The judge’s sentence for nearly all guilty offenses ranged from 25 years to life to 15 years to life in state prison with the possibility of parole. The multiple sentences will be served concurrently. His first parole hearing will occur when he’s 66.

What are your thoughts 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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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

 

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