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MVPD arrests man for soliciting minor for sex

Mountain View Police last week arrested a San Francisco man for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover detective posing as a minor.

Mountain View Police detectives and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team arrested 52-year-old Harlan Edelman Feb. 4 for distribution of sexually explicit electronic communications to a minor and for communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sex crime.

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Teacher charged with sexual advances to minor

Mountain View police Feb. 5 arrested a 52-year-old San Francisco man in Cuesta Park for alleged sexual behavior with a minor over the Internet.

Detectives, along with the assistance of the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, arrested Harlan Edelman for distribution of electronic, sexually explicit communications to a minor, as well as communicating with a known minor with the intent to commit a sex crime.

According to police, Edelman contacted, unsolicited, an undercover Mountain View Police Department detective, posing as a 17-year-old male on a social network. This resulted in an investigation of Edelman who allegedly sent sexually explicit material to the undercover detective ultimately agreeing to meet with him in Mountain View.

"The Mountain View Police Department takes all crimes seriously especially those involving sexual predators," said detective Sgt. Mike Canfield. "This investigation in particular is a great example of the dedication and hard work of our detectives and the commitment of our department to proactively fight crime.

Edelman is a high school teacher at The Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco and is currently on a leave of absence.

If you believe you have been a victim of a crime involving Edelman, contact the Mountain View Police Department at (650) 903-6344 and reference case number 14-0649.

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