An Arlington School Principal Tried to Have Sex with an Underage Boy in Florida, Police Say

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Stephen Paulsen
Stephen Paulsen is, for a few more seconds at least, the principal of Morton Elementary School in Arlington ISD. He's spending part of the summer in Florida, partly to visit his mother and father, who has Alzheimer's, and partly, according to Boynton Beach police, trying to seduce someone he thought was an underage boy.

Paulsen was arrested on Tuesday after arranging to meet an undercover cop posing as a young teenager for sex after several days of exchanging messages online.

Those often-graphic messages are detailed in an arrest affidavit. The conversation allegedly began on July 12 when Paulsen, using the screen name "Texas Tony," messaged the undercover officer on an unidentified social networking site. "Hi," he introduced himself. "love emo Bois. They're so full of intense passion."

The affidavit quotes only one side of the conversation, but it says that the cop made it clear that he was just a kid, under 16 years old. Nevertheless, Paulsen allegedly sent pictures of men having sex and described in detail what he would do to the boy if only he were 17. "Love to teach you some intense passionate man love," he wrote. He said he'd be an "Excellen techer/Mentor Especially with such a sweet sexy stud like you!!!"

Paulsen was, according to the affidavit, ready to put aside his legal concerns on July 16, when the cop mentioned that he was home alone. "Good day to lose your virginity," Paulsen wrote. "You are such sweet nectar of the gods and also jail bait." They agreed to meet. Paulsen brought a condom.

But almost as soon as he arrived at the meeting spot in a white Chevy van with Texas plates, he realized it was a sting. "I fucked up," he said, then predicted that his wife would kill him.

Police transported him to Palm Beach County Jail, where he's being held on charges of traveling to meet a child for sex and sending pornography to a minor.

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TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Well, at least we've identified the one thing that the internet is good for.

holmantx topcommenter

What's up with aging males?  It seems like when  A LOT of guys hit their fifties and sixties, they slip down into some kind of weird minor attraction urge mode.  And in huge numbers.

I don't think this guy would have thought like this in his early and middle years.  What would motivate a guy to get on the internet and flirt with kids?  And this guy's probably got kids himself.

Much less act upon such an urge in order to meet and have sex!  

The FFA in me knows physical castration works every time it's tried no matter what the Psycs say.  I worked on ranches many moons ago and it was one of my jobs to castrate, capon, neuter and spay cows, horses, hog . . . you name it and I cut it.  Why?

Because the male will concentrate on eating (weight gain) stop fighting, chasing girls and generally wandering 14 pastures over, breaking down multiple fences and making farmer Jones mad that my sorry old utility bull mounted his beautiful purebred Santa Gertrudis. 

Castration WILL stop this.

he can take up knitting.


Straight-guy question: why spell it "boi"?

The only parallel I can think of is the spelling of "grrrl" to connote a tuff image, useful in personal life and musical careers. So is there an image connotation for "boi"? Armchair sociologists need to know.


You guys beat the DMN to the punch on this story, by almost a half hour.

Zaakir Shabazz
Zaakir Shabazz

Maybe a psych evaluation should be mandatory to be a teacher/school official. How do these people get and maintain their jobs in to begin with.

Warren Paul Harris
Warren Paul Harris

I think his wife's gonna be more than just "mad". Explain to me why we don't just set these sickos on fire...

Marla Havins
Marla Havins

I'm getting real tired of hearing about these creeps!


This article needed a serious edit check before publishing. Is the man's name Paulsen or Boynton? Isn't Boynton the name of the Florida town and police department? Thanks for the info, DO, but these are important things to check before you post.



"The typical offender is male, begins molesting by age 15, engages in a variety of deviant behavior, and molests an average of 117 youngsters, most of whom do not report the offense."
-Dr. Gene Abel in a National Institute of Mental Health Study. 

71% of male offenders are under the age of 35.
-Dr. Ann Burges, Dr. Nicholas Groth, et al. in a study of imprisoned offenders.


Ooops, the elementary school changed names in this story.


@danielle8483 You can always email the author for any kind of correction. Let's not miss the forest here, this sick sick sick _______ . 

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@danielle8483 If you dont recall, they are currently looking for a new web editor.  They need a disclaimer though on every article....something like "Please Excuse our Progress...Under Construction"

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