A Redwood City man who worked at Palo Alto schools was arrested on Thursday for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.
Alex Jessup, 32, was placed into custody on April 1 after the sheriff's Detective Bureau received a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force about child pornography associated with his address on Feb. 2, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
On Thursday, detectives served a search warrant on his home in Redwood City's Emerald Hills neighborhood after an investigation. They recovered what they said are allegedly several pornographic images from his computer and phone. He was arrested away from his home on suspicion of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
Jessup was actively seeking employment as a teacher, coach and babysitter, the sheriff's office said.
His LinkedIn and Facebook profiles list jobs at various schools and programs over the past decade, including the Palo Alto Unified School District, Keys School, Palo Alto Family YMCA, Avid4Adventure, CCLC and the Palo Alto Family YMCA.
Jessup previously lived in Palo Alto, according to his Facebook profile.
Superintendent Don Austin said information on Jessup's LinkedIn page regarding his employment at Palo Alto Unified School District is inaccurate. Anne Le, school district director of classified human resources, confirmed that Jessup was an hourly campus supervisor who worked from Aug. 16, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2018. Every employee and volunteer goes through U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks before they are allowed on campus, she said.
The sheriff's office is conducting an ongoing investigation and is encouraging anyone who has information about Jessup to contact Detective Wang at 650-363-4055 or email at [email protected]