Texas Principal Nabbed by Boynton Police After Soliciting a Minor
Just days after authorities released the results of iGuardian, a national child predator sting, Stephen Paulsen was arrested Tuesday for arranging a meeting with a Boynton Beach police officer whom he believed was a teenager under the age of 16.
Even Jerry Sandusky would have thought that was bad timing.
Paulsen, who resigned on Wednesday from his position as principal of Morton Elementary in Texas , was said to have struck up conversation with the undercover officer via a social networking site. "Tony Texas," as he was known online, is also alleged to have sent the officer photographs of naked men engaged in a sex act and a message related to losing virginity. The 54-year-old is being charged with online solicitation of a minor, traveling to meet a minor in order to commit an unlawful sex act and transmission of harmful material to a minor. All charges are felonies.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Paulsen drove to the prearranged location in a white van with Texas plates.
The document states that Paulsen's response, upon arrival, was "I [expletive] up." He also claimed his wife would kill him.
He was also allegedly in possession of a condom.
Paulsen claimed to be in town visiting his parents. Due to absence of an attorney, his Wednesday bond hearing was moved to Friday.
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