Cops: Ex-teacher arranged sex with minor in San Francisco

Harlan Edelman, 52, was arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate texts and arranging to meet with a detective posing as a 17-year-old male online.
CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A former San Francisco teacher was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly arranging to meet with a minor for sex, reports CBS San Francisco.

Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger said that Harlan Edelman, 52, contacted unsolicited a detective who was posing as a 17-year-old male on a social network.

Jaeger said that Edelman sent sexually explicit material to the detective and also arranged a meeting in Mountain View.

The suspect was a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District between 1995 and 2013, although he has not been an employee since September of last year, according to district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe.

Blythe said that Edelman had no previous history of felony or misdemeanor convictions prior to or during his employment, and that the district conducts full background checks on all employees before they work with students.

“There is nothing in Mr. Edelman’s employment record indicating that there would be cause for concern,” Blythe said. The spokeswoman also said that there is no reason to believe the former educator’s arrest is related to his work in San Francisco.

Police said they publicized the arrest in part to locate any other potential victims.

“As with any crime, it’s usually never their first time,” said Jaeger. “Especially since this guy is targeting juveniles, if he’s truly a predator then there’s probably going to be other victims.”