And, investigators say every parent needs to see how this case developed.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutors just indicted Daniel Carlson on 22 charges.
He recently resigned his jobs as a Mayfield Middle School math teacher and girls high school track coach.
Prosecutors say he went on social media and paid kids big money for explicit pictures and video.
The case has exploded since the I-Team showed you police video of Carlson’s arrest on just one charge.
Asst. Cuyahoga Co. Prosecutor Fallon Radigan said, “Some of these children were paid thousands of dollars.”
She added, Carlson paid the kids in money and gift cards.
Prosecutors say Carlson also offered money to meet some of the kids for sex, but investigators don’t believe any of those meetings ever took place.
Carlson also faces an extortion charge for threatening to expose the kids on-line.
Fallon Radigan said, “So, in order to keep getting pictures from these victims, he would pretty much be blackmailing them to keep sending them.”
The I-Team dug into the charges filed at the Clerk’s office. They show most of these crimes happened in the first half of this year. Some go back to 2019.
We also checked the ages of all of the kids. Records show they were all between 14 and 17 years old when the crimes happened.
Friday, we met some Mayfield students. They didn’t see this coming. They considered Carlson one of the cool teachers.
We wondered how he could get so deep in something like this while working as a teacher.
Prosecutors say he’d kept his identity hidden while on-line.
Fallon Radigan said, “It took some time to figure out what his identity was. Once he was identified, that’s when this whole investigation began.”
Highland Heights Police led the investigation.
Friday, no one answered when we knocked at the address listed for Carlson on court records.
And, for our earlier report, his attorney had no comment.
Investigators believe some of the kids involved had been students under Carlson.
Meantime, the investigation is not over.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said, “Carlson is a sick, disturbed man. Thankfully he was stopped by the individuals he exploited.”
He is also charged with tampering with evidence for destroying a piece of computer equipment.
We also recently reviewed his school personnel file.
A letter shows Carlson resigned “due to personal reasons” as the investigation began. We saw no complaints or warning signs in the file.
He goes to Cuyahoga County Court next month to begin defending himself.