A bond tentatively granted last week to a high school track coach in Stafford County accused of soliciting prostitution from a male student was abruptly snatched away Monday morning.
Delvin Ladon Jackson, 37, a track coach and security guard at Colonial Forge High School, was granted a $50,000 bond loaded with conditions Wednesday in Stafford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. But Judge Andrea Stewart ruled that Jackson could not post bond until prosecutor George Elsasser had the opportunity to appeal her ruling to circuit court.
Elsasser made his appeal Monday and Judge Charles Sharp ordered that Jackson continue to be held without bond.
Jackson is charged with three counts of soliciting prostitution from a boy under the age of 16. Elsasser told the judge Monday that all three charges involve the same juvenile, a student at the school. The alleged offenses took place in August 2017, court records show.
Elsasser Monday said that Jackson had engaged in “classic predatory grooming behavior” in purchasing expensive gifts for the victim over about a year and a half. Elsasser said the boy was repeatedly told that he could make money by having sex with men, and Elsasser said Jackson claimed that he had made money doing it when he was younger.
The prosecution evidence presented Monday showed that at one point, Jackson offered the boy $2,000 to have sex with men.
Elsasser also referred to a text the boy received from a stranger inquiring about the boy’s availability for sexual activity. The boy told the unknown person that he wasn’t interested, and the person contacting him would not identify himself.
Jackson later told the boy that he was the one who’d sent the texts and said he’d done it as a joke, according to the evidence presented.
Elsasser also referred to a school activity in New York in which the defendant allegedly exposed himself to the victim and showed the teenager pornography on his phone. He then tried to get the boy to reciprocate, but the teen refused.
If Jackson had received bond, he would have had to live with his parents in Portsmouth and would have been barred from any contact with anyone under 18, including his own children.
Defense attorney Terence Patton argued that the restrictions were adequate for public safety, but Elsasser said, “There are juveniles in Portsmouth, as well.”
Elsasser told Sharp that at least two other alleged victims have come forward since Jackson’s arrest last month, and said he anticipates more charges involving them and the original victim.
In denying the bond request, Sharp said he could not think of conditions to ensure public safety. Jackson is on administrative leave from his duties at Colonial Forge.
A preliminary hearing for Jackson is scheduled for April 1. He is being held in the Northern Neck Regional Jail after being transferred from the Rappahannock Regional Jail, where he used to work.