Arlington principal arrested in sex crime case in Florida

Posted Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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An Arlington elementary principal has been arrested in Florida for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a teenage boy.

Stephen Paulsen, 54, who was principal at Morton Elementary, was arrested this week in Boynton Beach where he was visiting his parents, according to a probable cause warrant.

In one of his online conversations with the detective, Paulsen reportedly said he would “love to teach you some intense passionate man love.”

Paulsen has been charged with computer pornography, child exploitation, transmission of harmful material to a minor and traveling to meet a minor to commit an unlawful sex act, according to the warrant.

Paulsen resigned as principle Wednesday after working at Morton for two years, said Leslie Johnston, an Arlington school district spokeswoman.

Paulsen started chatting with the police officer on July 12 — using the screen name “Tony Texas” — and their conversation continued for several days, according to the arrest warrant. He thought the officer was barely 16.

In their online chat, Paulsen made sexually explicit comments about sexual acts and also sent the detective photos of two naked men who appeared to be engaged in a sex act, according to the affidavit.

On the fourth day of their chat, Paulsen reportedly said it was a “Good day to lose your virginity.”

Paulsen told the police that he was in Boynton Beach to visit his parents and that his father has Alzheimer’s.

The Arlington school district notified the state board for educator certification of Paulsen’s arrest, Johnston said. All mention of Paulsen working at Morton has been removed from the school district website.

“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials,” she said. “As this matter involves an active police investigation, the AISD will not make any further comment.”

Paulsen’s initial court appearance Wednesday was postponed by the judge until Friday because he didn’t have an attorney and didn’t qualify for a public defender, according to a West Palm Beach television station.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696 Twitter: @fwstliz

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