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Broward teacher used Facebook to solicit students for sex, investigators say

 

gsolis@MiamiHerald.com

High school teacher Stevie Glasspool lived life out loud on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and MySpace. She even created a website dedicated to a wedding that never took place.

On Thursday, Glasspool’s brazen use of social media got her arrested.

She faces solicitation charges for asking students on Facebook to have sex with her, Broward Sheriff’s investigators say.

The former social studies teacher sent students — ranging from 15 to 17 years old — inappropriate messages on Facebook.

One said: “I don’t want you to fall in love with me but I also don’t want you to hit it and quit it either,” according to sheriff’s investigators.

In other messages, she said, “your body is amazing,” “I have marijuana for us to smoke,” and “you will be graded on performance,” according to the Sun Sentinel.

Her Facebook account has since been removed.

Glasspool, a teacher at Pompano Beach’s Mavericks Charter High School, invited teenagers to sleep over at her Boca Raton home, offering them marijuana as an incentive, authorities said.

Parents alerted

A 17-year-old student finally told his parents of the suggestive messages and they reported it to the authorities.

Glasspool has not been accused of having sex with any of the students, but investigators believe there could be more victims.

She stopped working at Mavericks Charter High School at the end of the school year, and began teaching at Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science.

Palm Beach Sheriff’s deputies arrested her Thursday night at her home in Boca.

Neither school could be reached for comment. Late Friday, Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science issued a statement, according to the Sun Sentinel:

“[Glasspool] is on unpaid leave pending further investigation. We do background checks on every employee prior to them entering the classroom and they are not permitted to go into the classroom unless the background check is clear. Parents have been informed.”

Glasspool had no criminal record, and there was nothing in her background out of the ordinary.

Glasspool Twitter account shows pictures of her and friends celebrating New Year’s Eve with a few drinks.

According to her LinkedIn account, Glasspool graduated from Louisiana State University in 2008 and received a graduate degree from American Public University System, an online learning institution.

In her bio, Glasspool wrote that she intends to get a master’s degree in photography. She made a website sometime in 2012 for her upcoming October wedding, but her fiancé, who asked not to be named, called off the wedding for undisclosed reasons.

When reached Friday, he said he had not spoken to Glasspool in more than a year and had tried to get the website taken down.

The site features photographs from the couple’s cruise to the Bahamas.

In it, Glasspool tells the story of how her fiancé surprised her with the ring of her dreams and proposed on the ship in front of his family. “This is why I love him so much,” she wrote.

‘pretty feisty’

In another website, featuring her photography, she shows portraits and landscapes. “I am a Louisianan born in Texas, I am Cajun French,” she wrote. “If you make me mad my accent comes out and I can be pretty feisty, but mostly I’m laid back.”

Broward Sheriff’s investigators are checking to see whether there are more victims out there. So far, detectives are interviewing at least two more who have come forward, according to Ann Suter, a BSO criminal investigations detective

Some students at Mavericks High were shocked to hear the news of Glasspool’s arrest.

“When I saw her image, it hurt me to the core,” said Stacy Williams, 17. “I wouldn’t have graduated without her.”

Williams said she believes Glasspool was set up. Other students expressed support for the teacher on various social media, including Twitter.

Glasspool was charged with soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using a computer and was held on $25,000 bond. Anyone with more information on this ongoing case is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

This report was supplemented with information from the Sun Sentinel.

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