Harlan Edelman: Former San Francisco Teacher Arrested in Child Sex Sting

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Mountain View police arrested Harlan Edelman, a longtime San Francisco teacher, this week after he allegedly agreed to meet a teenage boy in the park for sex.

The only problem is that "teenage boy" was actually undercover cops waiting to bust the former San Francisco teacher.

On Tuesday, police descended upon Peaceful Cuesta Park in Mountain View after exchanging social media messages with Edelman in the guise of being a 17-year-old boy. At the park, they found Edelman waiting for the boy with whom he had arranged a sex date.

"He was reaching out for sex," Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger told NBC News. "The initial contacts were explicit material, sexually explicit material and he ended up agreeing to meeting for sex."

Edelman is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

If the suspect's name rings a bell, it's because Edelman was a teacher employed by the San Francisco Unified School District from 1995 to 2013; he most recently taught at the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also held teaching positions at Lowell High School, Lincoln High School and the School of the Arts.

He resigned from the district in September 2013, according to Gentle Blythe, spokeswoman for SFUSD. Blythe assured the media that the district conducted a full background check on Edelman prior to his employment and found nothing of concern, meaning no felony convictions on his record.

Blythe also noted that there's no reason to think his arrest has anything to do with his work in San Francisco schools. Although police, aren't as convinced of that.

"He is out of San Francisco. He's not a resident of Mountain View," Jaeger told KTVU. "So we're hoping the coverage reaches up the peninsula and all around to see if there are, again, other victims."

Investigators encourage anyone else who was potentially victimized by Edelman to contact the Mountain View Police Department at 650-903-6344.





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pd18750
pd18750

I know this man personally, and I just had lunch with him today. He is a GREAT guy and a GREAT friend. Nobody should have to be subject to wastefully egregious and unnecessary police "stings" where there is NO victim of an alleged "crime." PERIOD.


I will provide character testimony on his behalf if needed, and I want to see the State of California royally sued over this.

Disgusted
Disgusted

San Francisco parents will be pleased to know about the Board of Stupidvisors just passed a "ban the box" law barring most employers and housing providers in San Francisco from asking prospective workers or residents about their criminal history on applications.

The proposal is an extension of existing San Francisco law, which since 2006 has prohibited public employers from asking about someone's arrest or conviction record right away. 

In other words, San Francisco teacher applicants will be given full interviews no matter how heinous a criminal record they may have.

California barred the question from public employment applications last year. 

Stupidvisor Malia Cohen, who authored the ordinance with Stupidvisor Jane Kim, said that 1 in 4 Californians has an arrest or conviction on their record and that the legislation will "address an unconscious bias" that makes it difficult for people who have been rehabilitated to succeed."  In other words, the box is racist.

"This was born out of a desire to provide real employment and housing opportunities for people with a conviction history," she said. "Access to housing and employment is key to preventing recidivism and increasing public safety in our community."

In Jane Kim's world, hiring criminals to teach San Francisco children somehow increases "public safety". 

Chris Dolan, Esq, San Francisco's most opportunistic tort attorney probably has a lawsuit against the City already written up just waiting to fill in the plaintiff's name.

anSFUSDparent
anSFUSDparent

These stories are always horrifying.  It's even more horrifying when it's a teacher/counselor who was part of your child's life. But I've talked to my now-grown son about this, and he confirms that there was never any inappropriate behavior on Mr. Edelman's part in their interactions.

Mr. Edelman was conscientious and dedicated to helping my son; in retrospect, were his motivations pure? We'll never know, but I remain grateful for his actions that helped my son get through school.

My heart also goes out to any kids he may have harmed.

Koa-Marie Roberts
Koa-Marie Roberts

the number of these cases being brought to life lately are unreal. it makes you not want to send your child to school but to keep the home and home school them. this male teacher in the Bay and last week a female teacher made principal or some such in SoCal.

nomore
nomore

What can society do to restore basic respect for another human being especially children?  Has online porn opened a portal to hell?

Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh

Being a new, idealistic teacher I once complained that another teacher was always talking about students like sex objects, hanging out with girls in locked rooms, writing notes for them to get out of class (to leave campus and go get pizza with him is what I didn't know) and then getting me in trouble when I couldn't account for their whereabouts saying that I sent them to his room to bother him during his free time. So I fucked him over and told the principal exactly what was going on including his quotes about their tits and ass. When the other teachers hated me for it I was told (verbatim) "He was just trying to get some." He was written a letter and transferred to another school where he became a gym teacher.

Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh

I've worked for a public high school and typically what happens when they discover one of their teachers is a sexual predator: to cover it up they send the teacher to another district with a letter of recommendation. This is how school superintendents are made after years of glowing letters piling up. Logic: Parents don't want their molested child in the news and neither do school principals want their school tarnished so no charges are pressed. Parents are told they will be unable to prove anything and the teachers union has sensible rules about firings based on unproven claims. Some journalists should investigate the practice. These news items are the tip of the iceberg. Teacher/student sex happens a great deal more often than anyone suspects and it is almost always covered up when discovered.

Mel Greene
Mel Greene

Robert Scalzi has it right, except don't stop at the balls only, take his dick off too.

Maurice Rivers
Maurice Rivers

This is why so many people have such a negative view of male teachers with young students, let alone the stigma of male babysitters.

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