An instructor at a Glendale high school who allegedly lied about being former police offer was charged with multiple felonies Friday after being arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on campus.
Delvon Jackson, 38, who taught public safety classes at Hoover High School, was taken into custody Wednesday, Glendale police announced.
Jackson was being held at the Glendale Police Department’s jail on two counts of sexual assault on a minor, with bail set at $200,000.
He was charged Friday with three counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Jackson, a Carson resident, was set to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Glendale Superior Court.
The school district had notified police of an alleged sexual assault of a teen girl by Jackson, an “hourly instructor” with an occupational program at the school, according to police.
He was accused of three separate offenses that occurred between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14, the DA’s office said. His bail was set at $400,000.
Jackson will not be allowed in a school setting during the course of the continuing police investigation, the Glendale Unified School District Superintendent Richard Sheehan said in a statement.
Jackson allegedly told students he was a former Inglewood police officer “and that may have provided him the opportunity to gain respect and trust amongst students,” Glendale police wrote in a news release.
The suspect had never been a police officer, but had been employed as a part-time parking control officer for Inglewood, leaving the job in 2009, according to Glendale police.
“It’s been interesting to listen to these kids,” Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “‘I thought he was a police officer, I respected him, I looked up to him, and he betrayed us.'”
An 2012 article in Hoover High’s student newspaper described Jackson as a “6-foot tall, tough, and well-built security guard patrolling the campus and monitoring student behavior as a typical security guard would.”
The newspaper described Jackson as having had assault and battery charges against him dismissed before he joined the Inglewood Police Department in 2004. He “taught Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction” until 2006, the newspaper stated.
Jackson teaches a public safety class under the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program, according to police and the school district.
He will be fired if there is evidence of wrongdoing, Sheehan said.
In a brief on-camera interview, Assistant Superintendent Maria Gandera emphasized that the investigation was ongoing.
“All of our employees, before they are brought in front of students, are fingers printed an background-checked,” Gandera said.
If convicted, Jackson faces five years in state prison, the DA’s office said.
KTLA’s Jim Nash contributed to this report.