• Robin Lyons

To Drunk To Remember


He had barely settled into a full-time teaching career, with three years at the school district teaching history to high school students, when one drunken night—if you believe his story—changed his life forever.


Operation Predator, a division of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Homeland Security Investigations is always looking for child sex predators. They tipped off the FBI to the schoolteacher’s extra-curricular activities.


In the teacher’s story to the arresting officers, he claimed to not recall what he’d done because he’d been drinking heavily. He must not have known the investigation found his inappropriate communications using a popular social media internet service with the 17-year-old student he’d taught the previous year had transpired over a period of several months.


As most pedophiles do, he cultivated a personal relationship and groomed the student for what became sexually explicit photo sharing. Sharing nude photos of minors or nude adult photos shared with minors via the internet it’s a federal crime and FBI jurisdiction—it doesn’t matter what state the parties live in.


The ex-teacher pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to receive sexually explicit images of a child. A federal judge sentenced him to five years in prison with five years of supervised release after his release.


He resigned from his job and will never teach in his home state again, the state department of education permanently revoked his teaching certificate.


What are your thoughts about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about true-crime and books. If you suspect a child is the victim of a sexual predator, report your suspicions to the toll-free 24-hour hotline at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


Source: U.S. DOJ, U.S. ICE, CBS 12 News

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