Middle School Principal Scott Blake Arrested on Child Sex Charges
|via Blake's Twitter account|
The principal of Polo Park Middle School in Wellington has been arrested on charges he used the internet to lure a 15-year-old boy to have sex with him at a hotel; the boy was actually an undercover cop, and now 47-year-old Scott Blake is in a whole heap of trouble.
According to Boynton Beach police, Blake started having a conversation with the "boy" online on July 18, during which he allegedly wrote that "I met a 17 yr old last week... He was staying with his parents at a hotel but had his own room. It was hot."
The conversation then allegedly moved to text messages, including one that said it would be "HOT" if the two could meet at a hotel Blake was staying at. (Also kind of interesting: The Polo Park Middle School's "From the Principal's Desk" section includes links to information about sexting.)
When the officer asked Blake what he'd "done" with guys, the response was "Massage suck rim kiss cuddle fuck play with feet." They allegedly talked quite a bit about feet. From the probable-cause affidavit:
Scott and I did not talk on 7-21-12 but we did start again on 7-22-12. I sent Scott a foot picture on the social network. Scott stated that he was staring at the picture of my foot. Scott stated that he wanted to adopt me.The eventually arranged to meet up. Blake allegedly had a plan to make sure the boy wasn't actually a cop -- a plan that rather obviously failed. They were set to meet at 7:30 last night, but "Scott suggested that he drive by me on the street to know that I was really a kid." They were supposed to meet in Boynton Beach, but when he showed up, another officer pulled him over for a "traffic stop," and he was taken into custody.
While Blake's middle-school students are younger than his alleged "victim," Blake was assistant principal at Jupiter High School from 2004 to 2009 and before that taught high school business classes from 1989 to 1999, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He's charged with using a computer to solicit a child and traveling to engage in sex with a child -- both felonies. He tweeted last spring that he'd just finished his 20th year as an educator.