Palm Beach Teacher Solicits 15-Year-Old For Sex With Boyfriend – “She Needs To Be Taught.”
Palm Beach County substitute teacher Evelyn Hayes, 50, and her boyfriend Thomas Hicklin, 50, are in jail after she solicited a teenage girl for sexual activity with Hicklin.
Hayes was a substitute teacher at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, and according to a West Palm Beach Police report, Hayes was trying to make arrangements for the 15-year-old girl to “sleepover” at Hicklin’s house on Christmas Day.
The victim told West Palm Beach Police Department sex crimes detectives that Hayes told her to text Hicklin to help him build an online dating website.
Hayes told the victim she wanted her to go to Hicklin’s residence on Christmas because she needed some alone time. Hicklin then texted the victim, confirming that Hayes wanted her to go to his house.
“Hicklin offered to buy the victim bras and underwear for Christmas gifts, and Hayes directed the victim to text Hicklin her sizing,” the WPBPD report states.
Later, when the victim was going through Hayes’ phone, she discovered several messages about her going to Hicklin’s house for sex, according to the report.
Police said Hayes agreed with her boyfriend that the girl needed to be “taught” about sexual activity and that the 15-year-old would “return a grown woman.”
The two continued to discuss by text whether the girl was ready. Hayes replied, “You made me hot because of young girls.” Hicklin responded, “So now I’m going to have one.”
Police interviewed Hayes on Christmas Eve, the report states. After being read various text messages to Hicklin, Hayes told detectives that she was “bluffing him,” claiming Hicklin “lured her in” and “expressed his interest in young girls.”
On Dec. 26, police set up a one-party controlled call between the victim and Hicklin, according to the report. The victim told Hicklin she was only 15, to which he replied, “for me, you look 23, you look like a grown woman,” the report states.
Hayes was transported to the Palm Beach County Jail and charged with using a computer to solicit a child and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Her bond was set at $28,000., While Hicklin was charged with Obscene Communication.
“Dear Parents and Staff,
On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, West Palm Beach Police arrested Evelyn M. Hayes on charges, including the solicitation of a minor. Ms. Hayes was a substitute at Palm Beach Central High School. She was arrested off campus. While details cannot be disclosed on this ongoing investigation, the allegations do not involve crimes that occurred on School District property.
Ms. Hayes will not return to our school or any District classroom.
While it is believed that this is an isolated incident, anyone with additional information is advised to contact the West Palm Beach Police Department at (561) 822-1900.
Palm Beach County Schools message
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