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Sacramento County deputy on the wrong side of the law

Most of our Roseville readers probably know that when children are alleged to be the victims of a crime the police and prosecutors take the case very seriously. However, when the alleged perpetrator is himself a police officer, the attention being focused on the case can go to a whole other level. That is the case in Nevada County, where a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy, who has served 23 years on the force, is facing child molestation charges.

Although the initial reports did not include many details, it was reported that there is at least one alleged victim, who is apparently 14 or 15-years-old. There are five counts in the criminal case altogether, although more charges could be forthcoming if other victims are identified.

Anyone who is arrested for these types of sex crimes charges is likely to have their entire life examined. Unfortunately for this deputy, it appears that he has been in some hot water before this arrest. The reports indicate he has been involved in a number of incidents with inmates at the local jail, including one widely publicized case that the county eventually settled for $300,000.

Any type of case involving some sort of sexual conduct with a minor is going to make the arrestee feel like there are limited options. Just the arrest itself, even if the case does not end in a conviction, can tarnish an individual's reputation for life. A conviction can be much worse, with lengthy prison sentences a possibility, as well as a lifetime as a registered sex offender. That is why it is so important to for arrestees to not only know their options, but also to know their rights.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Veteran Sacramento County sheriff's deputy arrested on molestation charges," Phillip Reese, Sept. 24, 2013

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