If as an adult it is difficult to learn that someone you trusted and respected has lied to you, imagine being a teenager and learning your teacher is a liar.
And, oh yes, he's been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting one of your schoolmates.
Not easy, to say the least.
Not for the kids or the adults at Glendale's Hoover High School. This is what they are dealing with now, that one of the most popular instructors on campus is in jail.
Glendale Police arrested Delvon Jackson this week after one of his female students accused him of sexual assaulting her on campus. She is 14 years old.
Jackson technically is not a teacher, but an instructor. A "Lead Police Instructor" who taught students about law-enforcement at the school's Public Safety Academy.
Police say when they started investigating Jackson they found out that he had told students, and at least some school officials, that he had been a police officer with Inglewood PD.
So, detectives called Inglewood in hopes of finding out a bit more about Mr. Jackson and guess what?
Turns out what he had told his students was a lie.
He had indeed worked for the Inglewood Police Department, a sergeant there confirmed that to me. However, he was NOT a police officer and he didn't teach other officers there about "weapons of mass destruction" nor give them classes in "ethics," as he had told the school paper in a January 2012 interview.
No, Mr. Jackson worked for them in parking enforcement and only part time, at that.
Detectives believe he told students he was a former cop to gain their trust, and that he did.
"I'm devastated," student Gabriella Perez told me. She wants to be a CHP officer and said she loved her police classes with Jackson. "We all loved him. And he lied. An adult lied to us."
Hovik Hayrapetyan, another one of Jackson's students doesn't believe the allegations against his now former teacher. "He has a daughter. He would hurt a girl."
When I asked Hayrapetyan if Jackson had told him he had been a police officer, his face fell and he nodded, yes. "I'm disappointed. I've lost respect for him. He lied to me and to everyone."
In the interview Jackson gave to the Hoover High School newspaper in 2012, reporter Alejandra Rosas wrote that the school's assistant principal thought Jackson's experience as an officer in the field would enhance his ability to teach kids.
Looks like he lied to the school too.
I asked Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Maria Gandera, about Jackson's employment application. What did he put on it?
Citing the "on-going investigation," she said, and referred me, to an official statement from the district that reads in part: "All employees in the Glendale Unified School District go through background checks, are vetted, and fingerprinted prior to being hired."
I rephrased the question. Although she was very nice, she wouldn't answer it.
Yes, I know. That needs some follow-up. Did he tell the truth on the application, lying only verbally at school, and the vetting worked? Or, did he lie on the application and no one checked?
The District Attorney has now charged Jackson with three counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object. He is accused of engaging in sexual acts with the female victim on three separate occasions at the school.
It will now be up to a jury of his peers to decide his innocence…or guilt.
When it comes to the case of betrayal, a jury of his own students, appears to have already made up their minds.
It's a sad lesson we all learn sooner or later. And it's never easy.
(FOX 11) On Tuesday, October 15th, the Glendale Police Department was notified by the Glendale Unified School District regarding an allegation of a sexual assault involving an hourly Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Instructor and a 14 year old female on the campus of Hoover High School. The suspect was identified as Delvon Jackson, a resident of Los Angeles, who is an instructor for a Public Safety Class offering an opportunity to those students who have an interest in related occupations.
Delvon Jackson was arrested by Detectives from the Glendale Police Department at district offices the following day. He is currently being held on two counts of sexual assault on a minor. Bail has been set at $200,000.00 pending the on-going investigation, presentation and review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Upon arrival at the high school on October 15th, the Detective's first priority, working with GUSD officials, was to ensure the safety of the victim and the students at Hoover High School while initiating a criminal investigation. In addition to the allegations, the investigation has revealed that Delvon Jackson has lead 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. Detectives learned that Jackson was employed as a part-time hourly employee for the City of Inglewood in Parking Control. He was separated from the City of Inglewood in 2009. According to Detectives, Delvon Jackson was never a police officer for Inglewood, nor any other police agency.
The Glendale Unified School District, in cooperation with the Police Department has released the following statement.
"There have been allegations made against an ROP (Regional Occupational Program) hourly instructor at Hoover High School. The site administration took immediate action upon being notified of the allegations and the instructor was promptly removed from the presence of students. All employees in the Glendale Unified School District go through background checks, are vetted, and fingerprinted prior to being hired. In light of what we have seen recently in other districts, the Glendale Unified School District provides training to our school administrators to do a thorough investigation whenever allegations are made, as was the case in this situation. During the course of the investigation the employee will not be in a school setting. 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. The Glendale Unified School District is fully cooperating with the Glendale Police Department and to avoid any interference with the investigation, will defer comments during their investigation." Dr. Richard Sheehan, GUSD Superintendent.
If anyone has information that would assist in the investigation, they are encouraged to contact Glendale Police Detective Ernesto Torres at (818) 548-3106 in the Assaults Unit. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may call Glendale Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.