A California elementary school teacher was described by prosecutors as being “obsessive, possessive, controlling and dangerous” toward a former student whom she is accused of grooming and sexually abusing.
Jacqueline Ma, a sixth-grade teacher at Lincoln Acres Elementary School in National City who was named one of the county’s top educators last year, pleaded not guilty Monday to 15 felony charges including child sex abuse and child pornography, ABC 10 reported.
Prosecutors said Monday that a picture of the 13-year-old victim was found in the 34-year-old educator’s wallet, as well as jewelry that featured the victim’s initials, ABC 10 reported.
Love letters apparently exchanged in her classroom as well as text messages sent between Ma and the victim showed that Ma became frustrated when the victim didn’t respond to the exchanges quickly enough, prosecutors said.
The former “Teacher of the Year” began a sexual relationship with the victim when he was 12 years old, sent him racy photographs of herself and asked him to take and send her videos of himself engaging in sex acts, Hart said.
“This defendant maintained a relationship with this child for months, maybe even more than a year, when she began grooming him, giving him gifts, helping him with school, and praising him,” Hart said.
Ma was first arrested on March 7 after a parent of the victim suspected her 13-year-old son was “possibly having an inappropriate relationship with a former teacher,” the National City Police Department said.
She was charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and three counts of oral copulation with a child under 14 and released on bond.
Ma was arrested again the next day and charged with sexual misconduct, witness intimidation and multiple counts of child pornography in connection to the same case.
The third citation regarding KIPP School teacher allegedly groomed, sexually assaulted student for years
A Manhattan middle school teacher allegedly groomed a seventh grader for years before sexually assaulting her — and the principal of the school was fired over his handling of the allegations this week, prosecutors and school officials said.
Cesar Sanchez, 35, a science teacher and baseball coach at KIPP Washington Heights charter school, which also has elementary classes, was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged with counts of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child, court records show.
The school’s principal, Danny Swersky, was fired soon after Sanchez’s arrest for failing “to follow KIPP NYC’s procedures or meet KIPP NYC’s expectations in how he handled this matter,” Superintendent Jim Manly said in an email to parents.
Sanchez, who was also fired over the allegations, is accused of making “sexually suggestive and lewd comments” to the student beginning in 2016 when she was in fourth grade, according to a criminal complaint.
He allegedly groped her breast and rubbed his crotch against her back when she was in 7th grade, and the abuse continued into her eighth-grade year, the complaint said.