GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — An instructor at a Glendale high school has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Delvon Jackson, of Los Angeles, faces two counts of sexual assault on a minor, Glendale police said.
“Everybody loved him. He was like the best instructor anyone could have. Everybody wanted to be around him,” student Gabriella Perez told CBS2/KCAL9.
The 38-year-old, who worked at Hoover High School as a Public Safety Instructor, was arrested Wednesday after allegations surfaced that he assaulted a 14-year-old girl on campus.
“The investigation has revealed that Delvon Jackson has led persons to believe he was a former police officer with the Inglewood Police Department and that may have provided him the opportunity to gain respect and trust amongst the students,” the Glendale Police Department said in a statement.
Officials say he last worked for the City of Inglewood in 2009 as a part-time parking control employee and has never held a job as a police officer with any law enforcement agency, KNX 1070′s Jon Baird said.
District officials promptly removed Jackson from the classroom once the allegations surfaced.
“The district will move expeditiously for termination should there be any evidence of wrongdoing. The number one priority of the Glendale Unified School District is the safety and education of all our students,” GUSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Sheehan said.
Jackson was being held on $200,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.
Anyone with information on the investigation should contact Glendale Police Detective Ernesto Torres at (818)548-3106.