Stephen Paulsen, Texas school principal arrested on sex solicitation charges

The district he works for accepted his resignation

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Prosecutors say a Texas elementary school principal is behind bars at the Palm Beach County Jail after they say he tried to seduce a minor.

Boynton Beach police arrested Stephen Paulsen Tuesday night after they say he tried to meet with an officer pretending to be a teenage boy online for sex.

Police say Paulsen was in Boynton Beach visiting his parents when he got on a social networking site and started talking to a police officer he thought was a boy less than sixteen-years-old. According to a police report, he said he wanted to teach him about hot passionate man love and police say he even sent nude pictures.

Police say Paulsen arranged a meeting with the person he thought was a boy Wednesday on Old Boynton Road and that's when they arrested him. According to a probable cause affidavit, he told police he made a mistake and that his wife was going to kill him. He remains behind bars.

Investigators say he works in the Arlington Independent School District. The School District says he has worked for them for eight years and for the last two was principal at Morton Elementary.

Late Wednesday afternoon, school officials said Paulsen resigned as principal. They say they are starting their own investigation.

"Anytime you get someone who is in a position of public trust especially involving our children and they are involved with something online that involved a child it's always hard and scary," Palm Beach County Prosecutor Greg Schiller said.

Schiller says Paulsen will be back in court on Friday when a judge will decide whether or not he'll get a bond.

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