ARLINGTON — A former Arlington elementary principal accused of sending explicit messages to an officer posing as a minor faces up to life in prison after he was found guilty Thursday of sexually enticing a minor.
Stephen Paulsen, 54, was arrested in July after authorities said he engaged in multiple "sexually suggestive conversations" online with a person he believed was a 15-year-old boy, said Carl Rusnok, a spokesman with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Authorities said Paulsen, who used the online name "Tony Texas," had a condom in his pocket when he showed up at a Boynton Beach house where he arranged to meet the boy alone. He was arrested at the scene. Police said he told officers he was in Florida visiting his parents.
The person Paulsen believed was a teen was actually an undercover officer with the Boynton Beach Police Department, which teamed up with ICE and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as part of a nationwide sting called "Operation Predator."
Paulsen was employed as the principal of Morton Elementary School at the time he communicated with the undercover officer.