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