A part-time instructor who lied about working as a police officer to gain the trust of students in a class for those interested in public safety careers faces sexual assault charges involving a 14-year-old female student, according to Glendale police and Los Angeles County prosecutors.
Officers arrested Delvon Jackson Wednesday at Glendale Unified School District offices, a day after school officials told police about the allegations involving a student at Hoover High School. He was charged Friday with three counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of sexual penetration
by a foreign object, according to the district attorney's office.
Jackson worked at the school as a part-time instructor in a public safety class for students interested in related occupations.
Jackson was an instructor with the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program. Students in districts that are members of the program can enroll in classes to learn a job skill and prepare for advanced career training.
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"This is an instructor that has a background in some particular field that helps students, should they have an interest in a field," said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. "We believe this individual took advantage of the situation with this particular young girl."
Investigators determined that Jackson lied about working as an officer for the Inglewood Police Department in an effort to gain respect from students in the class, according to police. He was employed as a part-time employee as an Inglewood parking control officer.
Detectives said he has never worked as a police officer. All GUSD employees are subject to background checks before being hired, according to a statement from the district.
Jackson has been "removed from the presense of students," according to the statement.
"During the course of the investigation, the employee will not be in a school setting," said GUSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Sheehan. "The district will move expeditiously for termination should there be any evidence of wrongdoing."
Call investigators at 818-548-3106 to provide information about the case. Investigators are attempting to determine whether there are more victims, Lorenz said.
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