Norman teacher arrested, accused of soliciting sex with young boy

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Joseph Love mugshot

NORMAN, Okla. – – A Norman teacher was arrested Monday after allegedly arranging to meet with an underaged boy for the purpose of having sex.

An undercover officer started communicating with Joseph Leon Love, 25, in March after seeing an ad he allegedly posted on Craigslist.

“Any dads like to perv over their young sons, let’s talk. I want to talk to any real dads out there who have sons and like to think pervy thoughts about them. Let’s have some hot chat.”

According to a police report, an undercover officer claiming to be the father of a 9-year-old boy communicated with Love over the next few months.

Their conversations were sexual in nature, the report states.

Eventually, Love asked to meet up with the undercover officer and the 9-year-old boy for the purpose of having sex.

Love allegedly offered to bring marijuana and grape wine coolers for the child to help “loosen him up.”

When Love arrived to the meeting in El Reno, he was arrested.

He was booked into the Canadian County Jail for attempted lewd acts with a child under 16, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of child pornography, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is currently out on a $60,500 bond.

Love recently resigned as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Longfellow Middle School in Norman.

Norman Public Schools released the following statement after hearing about Love:

“Student safety is a priority for Norman Public Schools. We were informed today by the El Reno Police Department of charges filed against a temporary teacher assigned to Longfellow Middle School and we are cooperating with investigators. We have received the employee’s resignation, prior to the district’s recommendation for termination, and he is no longer employed with the district. The district soon will make appropriate Oklahoma State Board of Education notifications in compliance with recent state legislation.” 


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