Auto Shop Indecency

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What is far too common in these type cases is the teacher socializing with students after school or on the weekend. That’s a BIG RED FLAG.

It doesn’t matter if the relationship is consensual. Until a student is 18, a sexual relationship with an adult is against the law.

BLOG POST #232: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an auto shop teacher and one of his students.

The teacher may have gotten away with his crimes had it not been for another case. Because of the other case, law enforcement looked through the victim’s phone activity. They found evidence of an inappropriate relationship between her and her teacher.

She was an aide in his automotive repair class. They talked about personal stuff and exchanged phone numbers.

Their inappropriate relationship began when the teacher took the victim shopping, except, they didn’t go shopping. They drove around, and then he offered to pay her to take her clothes off, which led to sex.

There were even a few times when the two had intercourse on the school grounds.

The county prosecutor said, “It’s outrageous, anytime a teacher takes advantage of a student.”

The prosecution offered a plea agreement of one year in county jail with no time served applied, no contact with the victim, forfeit teaching credential in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He accepted the agreement.

Worth mentioning: In this case, the victim has filed a civil lawsuit against the ex-teacher and the school district. The ex-teacher filed a request, which the court approved, to hold off on the civil case until his criminal case has concluded.

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-Robin

Source: ABC 12 News, Grand Blanc View, International Business Times

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Restless Teen

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Robin Lyons, Author website postWhile schools have been closed due to COVID-19, state and federal judicial systems are continuing to deliver sentences for crimes related to schools.

BLOG POST #231: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a bored teenager.

Small towns make restless teenagers, especially in the summer, when schools aren’t in session. I get it—I was a bored teen growing up in a small, rural town. But destructive acts are not the answer.

Male body parts, racial slurs, swastikas, ‘88’ (a Hitler reference), and obscene comments about a woman were painted on local schools. The racial slurs bumped the misdemeanor crimes to hate crimes—felonies.

This 18-year-old was racking up a list of bad decisions; two auto thefts, vandalizing mailboxes (while joyriding in the stolen vehicles), damage to the stolen cars, add to those the graffiti.

The local authorities received a tip that the teen had recorded him in one of the stolen vehicles and posted it on Snapchat. After looking deeper into his online presence, the investigators were able to connect him to the graffiti.

His defense, or maybe it could be considered his rationale for his actions, was living in his small town is so boring. Teenagers have nothing to do, so he and some friends decided to have some fun.

Last month, which was nine months after painting the schools and one month before his trial on the vandalism charges, he pleaded guilty to eight counts. The judge sentenced him to nine months in jail, 20 hours of community service, and two years of probation.

Last week, I shared my experience touring my county jail. I’d bet the teenager, in this case, will be a lot more bored in jail than he ever was hanging out in his small town. Here’s a link if you missed the post on the Jail Tour.

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-Robin

Source: Fox News 11, News Media Inc., NBC 26 – Green Bay, First Alert 2.

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Not So Fast

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Robin Lyons Author websiteLast month, while schools closed due to an abundance of caution with the COVID-19 outbreak, the court system continued to sentenced people for school-related crimes.

This woman thought she’d set herself up for a comfortable retirement life. Not so fast—she received a wake-up call when law enforcement came knocking.

BLOG POST #229: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school student finance clerk.

She had worked as a student finance clerk for 19 years before she retired. Almost two years after she’d retired, she was indicted on 222 felony embezzlement counts.

The District Attorney said, “Not only did she steal taxpayer funds, she stole money that was intended to help educate the lives of our children.”

After she’d retired, the school district received a late notice for an invoice marked as “paid” in their system. An audit was performed and found more than $700,000 missing.

Through the audit, the school district learned the student finance clerk had writing checks to herself, her husband, and her deceased mother from student body accounts. Students had raised the money in those accounts through fund-raising activities.

She pleaded guilty to all 222 felony counts of misappropriation of money by a public officer with an enhancement of aggravated white-collar crime exceeding $500,000.

The judge sentenced her to 14 years in prison. She’ll be 78 when she’s released.

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Double Trouble

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Robin Lyons, author, websiteBLOG POST #227: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two high school students, both 18-years-old.

Someone notified the high school about alarming posts on social media. The boys had posted photographs of them with guns and one with them wearing their ‘murderous coveralls.’ They wanted to re-enact the Columbine Massacre at their school.

The school reported the concerning posts to the local authorities who took the threats seriously and investigated. Officers arrested both boys after a thorough search of the teens’ homes. Read More

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Beware of Athletic Performance Programs

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Robin Lyons, author websiteSocial distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 will be one for the history books. The staggering number of deaths to school closures to the postponement of the Summer Olympics—it’s a crazy time.

When school resumes, parents, students, and staff will need to also resume their vigilance in identifying behavior that is illegal, inappropriate, or potentially dangerous.

BLOG POST #226: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school athletic trainer. Read More

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