Abuse of Power


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

Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #172: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school science teacher.

Being a school teacher involves so much more than teaching. Parents trust teachers to not only educate their children but also keep them safe. When a teacher violates that trust—whether it’s at school or not—too often, it’s criminal.

The Crime

This case involves a woman whose identity is protected because the abuse she suffered began when she was 10-years-old. And because she was a minor for most of the time she was abused, much of the case detail is also protected.

I try to provide as much detail as I’m comfortable sharing about the cases I research, however, in this case, it is unknown how the teacher knew the female or why the abuse continued for a long time. What is known is the former teacher sexually abused the victim for nine years.

The Investigation

During the summer—years after the abuse began—the victim reported the crime to the authorities. An investigation ensued, and the teacher was questioned. Of course, he denied the allegations. He waived his Miranda rights and willingly spoke with investigators.

When investigators asked the teacher if they could perform a forensic review of his electronic devices, he asked for an attorney.

The Proof

Videos of the teacher sexually assaulting the minor were found on his computer. He was arrested and remained in jail until trial. Before trial, he agreed to plead guilty to sexually exploiting a child victim to produce child pornography.

The Consequence

Under the terms of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to 28-years in federal prison where there is no parole or early release. Upon his release, he will be on lifetime supervision.

Interestingly, the teacher resigned from the middle school at the end of the school year prior to the investigation. Also interesting, it took the state eight months after his sentencing to revoke his teacher certification.

His scheduled release date is in 2037, he’ll be 64.

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