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Redlands high school teacher arrested on suspicion of sending inappropriate texts to student

Redlands high school teacher arrested on suspicion of sending inappropriate texts to student

A Redlands high school teacher accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student was arrested this week and later released on bail.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department began investigating on April 22 after a student notified school officials using a newly implemented system called Sprigeo for reporting threats and safety incidents, according to the Redlands Unified School District.

“(Sprigeo) allowed school administration and San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies to investigate the issue immediately, leading to a prompt arrest,” the school’s principal Robert Clarey said in a statement.

Detectives discovered the teacher had sent inappropriate text messages to the student, and on Thursday, June 2, LRod Jara, 49, was arrested on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sex crime, according to authorities.

Jara is employed with the Colton, Redlands, Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program, which provides career training programs for high school students and adults. Jara has been on administrative leave since April.

He was released on Friday after posting a $ 50,000 bail, according to arrest records.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Detective Katie Merrill of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at 909-387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.


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