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Former Tantasqua Student: Superintendent Busted For Prostitution In Worcester Paid Tantasqua Student Hush Money After Sexual Advances As Principal And Quit Job After Allegations Came Out

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MassliveThe head of school at CATS Academy, a Braintree private high school, has been arrested for agreeing to engage in sex for a fee with an undercover police officer. Steven Bliss, 46, was arrested on Sept. 5 after arranging to meet with the undercover office at the McDonald’s at 995 Main St., Worcester police said in a statement Friday. Bliss is employed at CATS Academy, according to court documents. He is the former superintendent for the Southbridge School District as well as the Dover-Sherborn School District. Peggy Pucillo, Bliss’ executive administrative assistant at the school, said via phone Friday morning that she was not aware of the charges and would not comment.

“I can’t confirm anything at this time,” she said.

Worcester detectives have been investigating Bliss, of 550 Liberty St., Braintree, for several weeks, the statement said. Undercover officers had multiple conversations with Bliss, and he offered to engage in sexual conduct for a fee. Bliss agreed to pay $200 for sex, according to court documents. He arrived with several hundred dollars on him. Detectives developed probable cause that Bliss has engaged in commercial sex activity by communicating with an undercover officer and lured a person, through the promise of money, to engage in sexual activities, based on the investigation. When Bliss arrived at the McDonald’s on Monday, he was arrested, police said. He is being charged with offering to engage in sex for a fee as well as human trafficking.

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Alright, first of all, I can’t help but feel bad when these busts take place. You gotta be pretty lonely and desperate to meet some online hooker at a McDonalds for $200. Not that it makes him any less of a dooshnozzle, I just couldn’t imagine reaching that point in life. Why would you come all the way from Braintree to Worcester, knowing full well the kind of woman of the night you’re gonna be paying for the services of? I mean, come on now. You got your hand and in iPhone. It’s a much better alternative. You get to keep your money, you don’t get the clap, and there’s a 0.0% chance you’ll piss your entire career down the drain.

Anyway, I know everyone thinks that prostitution is some victimless crime, but it’s really not. All I know is that when prostitution is that in America the only people who are hookers are desperate crackheads. They don’t get to keep the money, and they don’t get to pick their clients. Their pimps do. So I would hardly call it a consensual transaction if you’re blowing strangers that your boss told you to so that he’ll give you more heroin. Just sayin.

Anyway, this particular guy is EXTREMELY shady just by looking at his resume. In 2009 he “abruptly” left his position at Tatnasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge to take the position as Assistant Superintendent in the Dover-Sherborn Regional School District, which happens to be the wealthiest district in the entire state. When you get a gig like that you don’t leave it unless you have something better to fall back on. Yet he decided to leave there in 2015, and gave this for a reason:

Bliss added, “At the end of the day, however, and as I have long believed, one must truly love the daily tasks he/she is called upon to do in his/her job, and that is an obstacle I simply cannot overcome. Simply put, I miss being with kids and miss the daily interaction found in the classroom and in the schools.”

No. Just no. Sounds nice and all, but in the real world people don’t do that. And quite frankly in light of recent developments the fact that he’s talking about leaving his highly paid job to be around kids makes him even shadier. Just sayin.

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But according to that same article, he didn’t have a job offer yet when he resigned in March of 2015:

“Bliss said he is exploring opportunities in academia as well as other areas.”

The only people who leave their current jobs without knowing for sure that they’ve got a new job lined up are people who are about to be fired. Facts only. I’ll tell you one place you DON’T go to after voluntarily giving up a sweet gig in a posh school district – Southbridge. No one goes to Southbridge unless they’re out of options. But yet that is exactly what Steven Bliss did:

He told the newspaper he learned that Southbridge may have been looking to launch a superintendent search and, given his “background and affection and deep respect” for Southbridge, indicated his willingness to discuss the job “if that was something they wanted to chart a course around in the next few months.”

Mr. Bliss said he respected the committee’s decision to keep the current team in place for another year. He said he told Mrs. McLoughlin that he stood “ready, willing and able to help,” today and in the future.

“It’s just a terrific town with wonderful people there,” Mr. Bliss said. “The kids deserve nothing but the best, and if I can help them, and the families in Southbridge in any way, I certainly would do so, be it in a formal capacity or informal capacity.”

Since the Southbridge Public Schools go through administrators like Trigglypuff goes through a buffet, they’d pretty much take anyone. They fired a woman as superintendent at the end of 2014 for an MCAS cheating scandal. They then hired her assistant on a contract through 2016.

But the fact that Steven Bliss actually said Southbridge is a “terrific town” was apparently too much to pass up. So they gave him the job instead, and the woman they had agreed to hire fled the school district and got a job in Granby.  Bliss was hired as an interim superintendent in July of 2015, and then hired as permanent superintendent in September of 2015. Perfectly normal town to live in.

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But wait, it gets better. Just a few weeks later in October of 2015 Steven Bliss once again abruptly quit his new job as Superintendent of the Southbridge Public Schools. So much for those kids he claimed to care so much about!! He quit in an email, and said he was doing so because of “medical reasons.” But when it turned out nothing was wrong with him he said, that,

“through soul-searching he resolved that his heart wasn’t into being a school chief.”

What a freaking liar this guy is. Holy moley! It’s almost like he lies so much that he believes himself. He’s done this at job after job after job. Conning one school district after another into thinking he cares soooo much about the kids that he has to keep ditching them. The Southbridge School Committee that hired him was none too pleased:

“Although he landed, and second-guessed himself when he landed, and feels it’s not something he wanted to do – and we went as far as trusting, approving a contract – we move forward. We were all set to sign the contract and he took a flight to London supposedly while he was sick.

Mr. Lazo went on to assert that Mr. Bliss “painted the same picture” when he was principal at the former Mary E. Wells Middle School nearly a decade ago. Mr. Lazo said then-superintendent Dale Hanley entered the district and Mr. Bliss “went on sick leave and later showed up at Tantasqua” Regional High School in Sturbridge as its principal.

Mr. Lazo said with a smirk during the televised meeting: “So I’m sure Mr. Bliss will bounce back and show up as some sort of administrator somewhere. He’s not a quitter. I just feel we’ve been ‘Blissed’ – and I don’t mean blessed.”

And he was right. Because after he failed to get hired as superintendent in Braintree, he was quickly hired to lead this new international boarding school called the CATS Academy in Braintree.

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The majority of kids at this school are Chinese and Korean foreign exchange students. And although it doesn’t prove anything, the fact that these two countries are most notoriously associated with sex trafficking is kind of a coincidence, don’t ya think?

Well we also noticed lots of people posting stuff like this:

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This is just Internet talk and proves nothing. But one former student of his at Tantasqua, who asked not to be named, spoke to us about her experiences with Mr. Bliss:

“When he was principal he was accused of having sex with students. None of these were reported because he paid cash money to the students to keep quiet about it and not to go to the cops but of course students talk to one on another so that got around. In high school he would go into the locker boys rooms and watch them shower. One of my friends back then said that Mr. Bliss asked him for sex. My friend said no and Mr. Bliss kept hitting on him so he threatened to go to the police but Mr. Bliss gave him 500 dollars not to. So my friend kept asking for more money and it ended up being another 500$ to keep quiet. I’m pretty sure Tantasqua knew about the allegations that’s why he abruptly left in 2009 but then he went to other schools. I think everything was kept quiet.”

Once again, this is just an accusation from a former student. But she insists these are not rumors, and that she actually saw one of these cash transactions go down:

“I saw a student get into Mr. Bliss’ car in Sturbridge at a motel – that crappy one that got shut down. Anyway, he picked him up I physically saw him. Then my friend came back with 500$ cash that he didn’t have before. He said they drove to the bank and I saw Mr. Bliss come back with my friend and dropped him off with cash in hand.”

Anyway, you’d have to be an idiot to look at this guy’s web of lies and crazy pattern of leaving jobs in the middle of the school year, and still think he’s someone you’d want around your kids. The girl is saying this happened. If it did indeed happen then her friend is guilty of extortion and blackmail, and is kind of equally a scumbag. If I had a gun to my head I’d say I believe her. Getting busted with a hooker is just the icing on the cake of a long, sordid web of lies and sex for this guy who was masquerading as a legitimate person in public.

P.S. This makes me never want to eat again:

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13 Comment(s)
  • Reddog
    September 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Does he drive that old red ford van that has free candy painted on the side?

  • Kiarah
    September 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    He’s a fucking creep!!! I knew it since middle school. The way he spoke and looked at the boys in school was disgusting and I realized that at 12!!! Not to mention he offered my boyfriend “some green” in return for taking a shower at his house because he “didn’t use all the bathrooms in the house and needs the pipes to be in use”…… So he thought let me ask a grown man to come shower for money. Yuck! I really hope no one ever fell for that shit.

  • Katie
    September 10, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Mr Bliss was an advisor when I was a freshman at a prep school in Connecticut… He was never ever inappropriate and always conducted himself as a gentleman. He was always kind- so I’m having a hand time believing some of these Sturbridge riff-raff tales of punching kids in the face.
    I’m also a little confused by the human trafficking charges. Seems a little bit of a reach.

    • Dorothy
      March 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      I was hired by Steve in 2000/2001, he was always professional, kind, caring and an all around great guy. I wish him nothing but the best.

  • Skeeter Phelan
    September 10, 2016 at 8:34 am

    TB –
    I love you, but I take umbrage over your comment “no one goes to Southbridge unless they are out of options.” Untrue. I gave up my decade long comparatively cake job at a local college to go back to my hometown high school to make a difference. It was a choice, because those kids are worth it. There is so much good at SHS no one reports on.
    As for Mr. Bliss, my former boss… We were all conned. He appeared to be the real deal.

  • Reddog
    September 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Seems kind of sketchy to me,,,,,,,,.

  • September 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    “Since the Southbridge Public Schools go through administrators like Trigglypuff goes through a buffet……”. TB for President!

  • Shackleford
    September 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Hey FiestyLawyerLady, plans tonight? Want some? I’ll bring my judges robe…

  • Stk3
    September 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This piece of shit punched my son in the face at Tantasqua because my son said something about him looking down a student’s shirt. This doesn’t surprise me one bit!!!

  • Mike
    September 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    He should have been a priest, seems to have the qualifications

  • Kevin Blackmer
    September 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    hey Stevie Bliss….call me. I can take care of a few things for you if you know what I mean 😉

  • IntheKnow
    September 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    He was not trying to met a lady of the night at McDonalds if you catch my drift

    • Vj
      September 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Lord of the night. Gaylord

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