Krystal Jackson teacher at Reedley California school arrested raping 14 year old boy over the course of the year as more victims are now feared.
A California teacher has been arrested after allegedly raping a 14 year old teen boy during three independent study sessions according to authorities.
Krystal Jackson, 39, was arrested Friday by Fresno County Sheriff’s Sex Crimes Unit detectives following a year-long investigation into claims she was sexually abusing an underage student.
The female educator’s arrest was a result of a tip received by Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Jackson, who is married, began working as an independent study teacher with the Mountain View Independent School in Reedley last year, was being held on $215,000 bail, according to a report by Your Central Valley.
‘Mrs. Jackson is in custody tonight,’ Fresno County Sheriff Lt. Brandon Pursell told KSEE. ‘We believe that our victim is safe, which we are grateful for, but we don’t know if there are other victims.’
Met victim during once a week independent study sessions
Jackson was charged with 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.
The investigation uncovered that Jackson had sex with the unnamed boy at least three times over the last year.
Jackson would meet with the student for their regular once-a-week independent study sessions at Dunlap Leadership Academy, where authorities claim the crimes took place.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, the district that oversees Jackson’s school acknowledged that they are working with law enforcement, but wouldn’t comment on the case due to it being ‘personnel matters.’
‘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 statement said, according to KSEE.
Abuse of trust, authority & power
‘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.’
Detectives say they believe that there may be more victims who have not yet reported Jackson’s actions. If you are aware of such behavior, please contact Detective Jose Leon at (559) 600-8205 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.
An investigation into the matter is ongoing, according to police.
Not immediately clear is what led to the female educator abusing her position of trust, authority and power and subjugating her male victim.