34-year-old California elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing children under 14
Award-winning California elementary school teacher, 34, accused of sexually abusing children as young as 14
- Jacqueline Ma was charged three counts of oral sex with a child up to 14 years old
- Ma, 34, taught sixth grade at Lincoln Acres Elementary School in San Diego
- In 2022, she was named one of the top five teachers of the year in San Diego
Awarded California An elementary school teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a student at the San Diego school where she taught.
Jacqueline Ma, a sixth-grade teacher at Lincoln Acres Elementary School, was charged with six counts of sexual misconductincluding three counts of oral intercourse with a child under 14 and three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
The 34-year-old was one of five San Diego teachers selected as 2022 Teachers of the Year. According to her LinkedIn page, she has worked at the school since 2013.
It is believed that there was only one victim of Ma’s predation. Police said the student no longer attended the school where Ma taught, and it remains unclear how the abuse came to light.
Jacqueline Ma was charged with three counts of oral sex with a child under the age of 14
Ma taught sixth grade at Lincoln Acres Elementary School, south of San Diego.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said Ma was arrested at 8 a.m. Tuesday, out of sight of the students.
“Law enforcement and our site staff cooperated to ensure that student learning and campus climate were not disrupted,” the department said in a statement.
“We can confirm that the pupil no longer attends our school and we assure you that we will do everything we can to support the investigation.”
Police said Ma was arrested “on charges of having a physically inappropriate relationship with a former student.”
After her arrest, Ma was sent to the Las Colinas Detention Center, where she was given a $100,000 bond.
Her trial will take place on March 9.
Ma, 34, was one of five San Diego teachers selected as 2022 Teachers of the Year. According to her LinkedIn page, she has worked at the school since 2013
Leighangela School District Superintendent Brady confirmed the arrest in a statement NBC 7.
Brady also confirmed that there was only one known victim and that they no longer attended the school.
“We know our entire school community is as stunned by this news as we are. The county will cooperate with law enforcement and cannot comment further pending an investigation,” Brady said in a statement.
“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety, needs and education of our students come first.”
According to Brady, the school is hiring a teacher to replace Ma.
When she was named Teacher of the Year in 2022, Ma’s award profile said she “considers the relationships she maintains with her students to be her greatest accomplishments,” NBC 7 reported.