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Arlington ISD principal arrested for attempting to solicit minor online

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An Arlington ISD principal has been arrested in Florida for attempting to solicit a minor online.

Morton Elementary School principal Stephen Paulsen was arrested by Boynton Beach Police on Wednesday when he tried to meet up with the underage boy he thought he was talking to in an online social network. Paulsen actually was talking to an undercover officer.

Arlington ISD accepted Paulsen's resignation on Wednesday afternoon and said in a statement it would report Paulsen's arrest to the State Board for Educator Certification.

Paulsen, 54, began chatting with the officer last Friday, July 12, while in Florida visiting his parents.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Paulsen repeatedly sent sexual messages and sexual images to the undercover officer. The officer repeatedly told Paulsen he was a boy under the age of 16.

At one point Paulsen sent a message saying he was "42 but feels 32 and acts like 22."

Paulsen arranged for a meet-up on July 16 and showed up to the location in a white van with Texas license plates. He was arrested by authorities on the spot and while being taken into custody, Paulsen told officers "his wife would kill him" when she found out.

Gloria Weber says she has always been wary of Paulsen, and pulled her three children out of Morton Elementary because the principal seemed "creepy."

"He just made me very, very, very uncomfortable," Weber said.

Paulsen faces a charge of computer pornography child exploitation, traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex act and transmission of harmful material to a minor.

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