West Palm Beach, Fla. –A former Texas elementary school principal was arrested Friday for enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Boynton Beach Police Department and the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
According to court documents, Stephen Anthony Paulsen, 54, of Fort Worth, used an online social networking application to contact and attempt to meet an individual he believed was a 15-year-old boy for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. When he committed this crime, he was employed as an elementary school principal in Arlington. The individual he contacted was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, posing as a minor. After several sexually suggestive conversations, Paulsen attempted to meet the child who he believed was home alone in south Florida. At the time of his arrest, Paulsen was in Florida visiting family.
If convicted, he could face life in prison.