A science teacher in Florida was arrested for sending nudes to a boy she met on Xbox One. According to Fox News, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap of Winter Haven knew that the 15-year-old was a teenager and still continued to exchange sexual conversations with him.
The two linked when Dunlap, a teacher at Haines City High School, says the boy from Texas posed as an older, 19-year-old young man, on Xbox One. The two then took their messages to the Kik app, which included text and video. It was the boy's mother who saw his phone and informed Dunlap that the person she was talking to was 15 and underage.
Back in September, the teacher admitted that she sent the teen nudes. She turned herself in at the time. But authorities say that she continued carrying on the relationship after the fact of knowing his real age. When authorities checked Dunlap's phone, they saw a relationship that continued from November through early December. Per a release, the messages "slowly progressed to extremely vulgar and sexually explicit language."
According to Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird: "There is absolutely no excuse for an adult – especially a high school teacher – to continue sexually explicit conversations with a 15-year-old long after his real age is revealed. The vulnerable age of this victim and the fact that this woman took advantage of him for her own personal needs is inexcusable."
Dunlap claimed the teenager was the only person who understood her. She has been charged with transmitting material harmful to a minor and using a communication device to commit a felony.
As The Washington Post shared earlier, more teachers are having sex with their students. In 2014, there were 781 cases of teachers and other school personnel accused (or convicted) of having sexual interactions with students. Terry Abbott, chairman of Drive West Communications and a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, told the newspaper that social media and access to smartphones has enabled more teachers to embark on predatory relationships with students.
Although male teachers and employees make up for the majority of these incidents, Abbott shares that female teachers are tech savvy in reaching their victims. He says that in 2014, women were more likely to use social media to attract and lure students.
[Photo: Winter Haven Police]