PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a Pembroke Pines teacher after, they said, he tried to seduce a student by sending explicit and inappropriate texts.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sylvers Robinson, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Harvard International Academy, is facing several felony charges.
Robinson is accused of sending explicit messages and pictures to a 14-year-old male student at the school, located in a strip mall along Pines Boulevard.
According to Pembroke Pines Police, Robinson initially flattered the student and eventually became closer to him. On Sept. 5, detectives said, he took the student’s cellphone, called another number and hung up.
The student soon began receiving texts from Robinson. Conversations turned to the teen’s sexual orientation, then requests for shirtless pictures of the student.
Robinson is accused of sending several sexually explicit photos featuring adults. Among the written texts he allegedly sent the teen was one asking him if he was a snitch.
One text, which contains typos, reads, “I dunno. LOL. I just gotta keep it distreet [sic]. Ain’t tryin’ to loose my job.”
Another text reads, “U tell u what u want. BC ur not ready for what I want. LOL. So it’s all about what u would want.”
By Sept. 14, investigators said, police were posing as the teen and communicating with the teacher. He was apprehended on Monday.
The arrest shocked parents at the strip mall where the school is located. “I’m glad they at least caught him, and everybody knows about it,” said Daniel, whose son is a student at Harvard International. “I hope they put him in jail, ’cause that’s crazy. How are you going to abuse little kids?”
“We entrust our children to these people so behave as adults,” said Trisha, another parent, “so for someone to take advantage of a child, it enrages me.”
Detectives said Robinson admitted to the texts, saying he was only trying to be a big brother to the teen.
Police said they found 14 condoms and lubricant in Robinson’s backpack.
“This is calculated. This is predatory behavior,” said Trisha. “This is exactly what that is. They know who they prey are.”
“I’m glad it didn’t happen to my kids … because the police wouldn’t be looking for him. They’d be looking for me,” said Daniel.
Harvard International Academy officials declined to comment on the arrest.
Parents who showed up at the school were told there was one arrest off campus. “I asked the teachers, and they said, ‘No, no, the person was arrested, but outside [the school],” said Daniel. “I asked, ‘What happened?’ They didn’t know.”
Among the charges Robinson is faces are two counts of direct promotion of sexual performance by a child, soliciting to lure a child and transmission of harmful material to a minor.
According to the police report, Robinson was arrested at the school at midnight. He is being held at the Broward County Jail and is due for bond on Tuesday.
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