Krystal Jackson, a teacher in Fresno County, Ca. was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student of hers. She has been taken into police custody and the investigation is on going.
Jackson was charged with four counts of rape, and a list of singular counts, which include continuous sex abuse of a child, 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.
She is being held in the Fresno County Jail and her bail is set at $215,000.
The 39-year-old teacher was picked up by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Sex Crime Unit after detectives received a tip regarding her crimes. They started their investigation on Friday and found that over the course of the last year, Krystal Jackson allegedly had sex with her 14-year-old student three times during their one-on-one teaching sessions.
Jackson taught at the Mountain View (Independent Study) School in Reedley, CA and officers believe that student and teacher met at the Dunlap Leadership Academy where the assault occurred. Mountain View is a school in the Kings Canyon Unified School District.
The investigation is a joint effort between the Fresno County Sheriff’s Sex Crime Unit and the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
Police continue to investigate the crime. Authorities are trying to determine where the sexual assault occurred and if there are any other victims. Jackson has worked for other school districts in the Central Valley area and only started to work for Mountain View School in 2020.
Kings Canyon Unified School District released a statement following Jackson’s arrest.
“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.”
Sheriff Lt. Brandon Pursell told reporters that he is grateful that the 14-year-old victim is safe from his abuser but saddened that it had to happen in the first 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.”
Fresno County officers understand that there maybe other victims of Jackson’s who are afraid to come forward. They are asking anyone with information regarding the teacher and her crimes to reach out to the following organizations. All tips will remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward.
Please contact Detective Jose Leon at (559) 600-8205 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org.