Face The Music

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

Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #190: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a young high school orchestra teacher.

His high school alma mater hired him as a teacher four years after he’d graduated. His tenure with the high school lasted less than two years.

Inappropriate Behavior

As his second school year began, so did communication between the teacher and two students—a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. Then the subject matter quickly shifted to sexual content and photos on SnapChat.

The teens received messages with nude photos of the teacher and requests for the same in return, suggestive offers, and requests to stay after school to “do the thing.” Reportedly, the teacher had also groped one of the boys twice. Even though SnapChat deletes quickly, screenshots of the messages and photos were eventually turned over to the authorities.

Resignation

Then the school received a tip the teacher had been exhibiting inappropriate and unethical behavior. They immediately placed him on administrative leave and began an investigation. During the investigation, the teacher resigned.

It boggles my mind why a teacher would pursue a student. With social media, it’s easier than ever to communicate secretively, but it’s also a sure bet to get caught.

Internet Crimes

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program works tirelessly to catch anyone who abuses or exploits children through the internet. Every social media site, every website, every text, every email uses the internet to deliver content and communications. That’s why we see more often nowadays teenage boys and girls who exchange nude photos through a text or however are being prosecuted for exchanging pornography through the internet.

The End Of His Teaching Career

In the case referenced above, the teacher pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault, one count of aggravated child molestation, two counts of sexual battery on a child under 16, and three counts of sending obscene material to a minor.

The District Attorney said, “He used his position as a teacher to prey upon students. The families of these victims trusted him to educate and mentor their children, and instead, he took advantage of them.”

The judge sentenced him to life, with 18 years to be served in prison—and no contact with his victims. Upon his release, he’ll be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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