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Palm Beach Central HS substitute accused of preparing 15-year-old girl to ‘engage in sexual activity’ with 50-year-old boyfriend

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(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — A Palm Beach Central High School substitute teacher is accused of allegedly soliciting a 15-year-old student to “engage in sexual activity” on Christmas night with the teacher’s boyfriend.

Evelyn Hayes, 50, was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using a computer and unlawful use of a two-way communications device. Her bond was set at $28,000 in court on Wednesday, according to a police report.

On Dec. 24, the victim told West Palm Beach authorities that Hayes had been making preparations for the teenager to “engage in sexual activity” on Christmas night with the substitute’s boyfriend, Thomas Hicklin, 50.

The substitute told the teen girl to help Hicklin make an online dating website in November, and that they would text often having “normal conversations, mostly about the website,” the arrest report said.

Hayes then made preparations to send the victim to Hicklin’s house on Christmas night “because she needed alone time.” Hicklin texted the victim on Dec. 18, asker her to go to his house, and offered to buy her “bras and underwear for Christmas gifts.”

The teen looked through Hayes’s phone and discovered text messages with Hicklin discussing that she would go to Hicklin’s residence on Christmas and engage in sexual acts with the defendant,” according to the police report.

The victim informed West Palm Beach police, and on Dec. 24, police questioned Hayes on the test messages. Hayes confirmed the “the victim was going to sleep over at Hicklin’s house on Christmas night,” but told police he ‘lured her in’ and ‘expressed interest in young girls.’

According to the report, authorities carried out an undercover phone call on Dec. 26 between Hicklin and the victim, which proved the defendant “made arrangements for Hicklin to come pick up the victim from her home in the city of West Palm Beach, and bring her back to his house with intent of engaging in sexual activity with the juvenile.”

Hicklin was arrested and booked into jail Dec. 27 on a charge of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using a computer. He was bonded out two days later.