ORO GRANDE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A teacher at Riverside Preparatory Middle School has been arrested on allegations he molested/annoyed two teenage girls while he was teaching, officials said.
John Martin Sheldon, 27, of Helendale, was arrested Friday evening at the school’s campus in the 19900 block of National Trails Highway in Oro Grande.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, on Friday, April 6, 2018, a student at Riverside Preparatory Middle School approached a school administrator and reported observing an employee, John Martin Sheldon, taking a photograph or video of a student under a classroom desk.
“Upon further investigation, it was determined that in early February of 2018 there was a similar incident involving Sheldon taking inappropriate photographs of female students during school hours,” stated the release.
The allegations were reported by school administrators to the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station. Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Divisions, Crimes Against Children Detail assisted with the investigation and several minors were interviewed regarding the allegation of inappropriate conduct.
Sheldon was arrested on April 6, 2018, for Annoying or Molesting a Child under 18 and Invasion of Privacy. He was booked at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto. According to public arrests records, Sheldon was Cite Released on April 7th and has no scheduled court appearance.
Oro Grande School District Public Information Officer Charity Lindsey said the district has been informed of the arrests.
“The safety and security of our students is always the number one priority of the Oro Grande School District. If the alleged misconduct by the employee detained proves to be true, it would be an unacceptable violation of the trust placed in the role of educators,” stated Lindsey. “There were no allegations of inappropriate touching and the employee has been placed on leave pending further action.”
The district said they will take immediate action following the allegations and offer on-campus counseling and support services for any student or parent who needs it.
“We are committed to cooperating completely with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department throughout their investigation, and with and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure the facts can be gathered and justice can be served,” stated Lindsey.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are releasing Sheldon’s booking photograph. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Lisa Guerra (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).