Misguided Obsession

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

BLOG POST #173: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 30-something high school band and orchestra teacher.

He’d been a teacher with the school district for eleven years when he was caught stalking and harassing students.

The Obsession

The teacher became fixated on a 17-year-old male student in his band class.

The teacher told the boy he had a crush on him.

There were invitations to house parties where alcohol was being served.

He expressed interest in having sex with the teen in the tunnels beneath the school, and in a hotel room during a school field trip.

Court documents showed—for the majority of the school year—the teacher had sent close to 1,000 text and SnapChat messages, many were sexually charged.

The Escalation

As the boy’s 18th birthday neared, the messages became more sexually graphic.

The boy dropped the band class, repeatedly saying he wasn’t interested but the stalking continued.

When the boy didn’t answer messages, the teacher showed up at the boy’s other classes to talk to him.

The Conclusion

The student had finally had enough and told a school official who told the local authorities.

The teacher was placed on administrative leave and resigned at the end of the school year.

Pleading no contest to three misdemeanor counts of sending obscene messages the judge sentenced the teacher to 90 days in jail for each count – to be served concurrently.

His lifetime teacher certification is under investigation.

Did you find this case summary interesting? Here’s a similar case you may have missed: Tantalizing Text Messages

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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