A teacher in California has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old male student.
Fresno County Sheriff Lt. Brandon Pursell said that “Mrs. Jackson is in custody tonight. We believe that our victim is safe, which we are grateful for, but we don’t know if there are other victims. Jackson faces four counts of rape, oral copulation with a child, lewd acts with a child, communicating with a child to commit a felony, and meeting with a child for lewd purposes.”
Krystal Jackson, a 39-year-old Mountain View School teacher, was arrested by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Sex Crimes Unit on Friday. Pursell said Jackson worked for several other school districts in the area before coming to Mountain View last year.
After the sheriff’s office received information about possible sexual contact between Jackson and a pupil, an inquiry was launched. According to the investigation, Jackson had sex with the student at least three times during their one-on-one individual study sessions at Dunlap Leadership Academy over the previous year.
“The worst part of this is that our victim was abused, that is number one,” said Pursell. “But also, the fact that our suspect is in a position of trust.”
The Kings Canyon Unified School District said in a statement that district officials are collaborating with law authorities, but that it is a personnel concern and that it would not speak further.
The statement said that “Kings Canyon Unified School District administrators recently became aware of accusations regarding a Mountain View School teacher. District administrators are working diligently with law enforcement officials who are releasing details regarding their investigation. The safety of students and staff members continues to be a top priority and the district will provide counseling and support services to any students or staff members in need. The District cannot comment on confidential personnel matters.”