A former student trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District has been accused of threatening to make public a “revealing photo” of another student government official, prosecutors said Friday.
The goal was “to force her to resign her position at a student government organization by threatening to make the photo public,” said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
LaMont Glenn Jackson, 49, was charged with attempted extortion, according to Los Angeles County court records. Jackson’s one-year term as the nonvoting student trustee for the community college district board ended May 31.
Jackson’s lawyer, Ayo Omotosho, said Jackson had done nothing wrong.
“We plan to show that the allegations of the complaint don’t have any merit,” Omotosho said.
Jackson, who recently completed his studies at Los Angeles Southwest College, was president of the student government during the 2013-14 academic year at the campus, located in the unincorporated L.A. County neighborhood of Athens.
He was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District board as a student member for the 2014-15 academic year.
The student trustee is selected by the student body during a general election at the nine campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District. The district has campuses across the L.A. region, from the Westside, San Fernando Valley, East Hollywood, Monterey Park, downtown and the Harbor areas.
According to his biography, Jackson enrolled at Southwest College after working in the recording industry and wanted to become a chemical dependency counselor.
“He was inspired to work with individuals battling substance abuse and alcoholism after seeing the up-and-coming artists battling these addictions as they became rising stars,” the bio said. “He personally managed or worked with several recording artists who could not overcome their addictions.”
His lawyer said he plans to transfer to a four-year university.
Steve Springer, spokesman for the college district, said college officials are conducting an investigation.
Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned June 30.