Misguided Desires

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Does your teenage son or daughter text with a teacher? Are they friends on social media? If yes is your answer to either question… you need to keep reading.

BLOG POST #216: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school teacher.

He’d worked for the school district for 14-years. Most recently, he’d taught science at the middle school and coached cheerleading. Against school policy, he routinely texted with students about non-school related subjects.

His life took a sinful turn when he allowed two boys to skip PE and stay in science class to help set up for an experiment. One boy told the teacher kids from the cheerleading squad were sending around nude photos of themselves. The student showed the teacher a nude shot.

The teacher began on the right path and told the boy to get rid of the photo. Later, however, he texted and asked for the photo, he planned to confront the student in the image. Several boys sent the teacher more sexually explicit photos of kids from the school—all males between 13 and 14-years old.

He began chatting with nine boys about their genitalia through texting and privately on social media. Some sent videos of them… [you guessed it].

At no point did the teacher report the students’ behavior to the school administration or the boys’ parents. In fact, the teacher became more assertive, asking for more photos and videos and asked if one boy wanted to join him in a sexual act.

When the boy stopped communicating with the teacher, he showed up at his place of employment. The boy’s parents filed two complaints with the sheriff’s office. Meanwhile, he continued to teach. The school district worked with law enforcement through the investigation but didn’t place the teacher on administrative leave until charges were filed.

The teacher chose to go to trial. His defense was that he was gathering evidence to present to the school administration and student’s parents.

Yes, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But, if his defense were true, I would have questioned why he had a framed photo of the boy he sought on his bedside table.

His jury reached a verdict in 10 minutes—guilty of possessing child pornography.

The judge sentenced the ex-teacher to 10 years in federal prison.

I believe teachers and students shouldn’t fraternize or communicate via social media. Period. Here’s a similar case you may have missed: Teachers Partying With Students

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

Source: Court documents—USA v., FOX 10 news, CBS News 5 WKRG, AL.Abama Media Group

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Citizen’s Academy Part II

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Robin Lyons, author websiteIf you’re curious about how law enforcement functions, then you should sign up for a citizen’s academy. And if you’re an author who writes scenes containing any police procedures, you also should sign up for a citizen’s academy.

BLOG POST #215: This week, I’m sharing research information on a Citizen’s Academy I attended.

As I said in post 209, most law enforcement agencies have a Citizen’s Academy. Call your local police or sheriff department and ask them. I attended my local sheriff department’s Citizen Academy in 2013. It was a free sixteen-week course held one evening each week, plus one ride-along with a deputy. Read More

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Girl-Crazy Teacher

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Robin Lyons, AuthorIf you have children in high school, this criminal case will be of interest to you.

BLOG POST #214: This week, I’m sharing true-crime research involving a young, married high school teacher and football coach.

He’d been with the school district six years at the time of his arrest. Read More

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Greed and the Perfect Audit

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Robin Lyons blogBLOG POST #211: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school district chief financial officer.

As the chief financial officer in the K-12 school district with close to thirty-five thousand students, his salary was one of the highest in the district. He’d been with the district twenty-five years.

High Marks

For twenty-four years, the school district’s independent auditors gave the school district high marks for their excellent financial practices. As would be expected, the superintendent proudly spoke to the school board about this incredible achievement.

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Disturbing Middle School Principal

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If you have a daughter in middle school, this post will be of particular interest to you.

BLOG POST #210: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school principal.

He’d been with the school district for ten years. First, hired as an elementary teacher, and then quickly moved up in ranks to assistant principal. Eight of his ten years were in school administration.

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