A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday on suspicion of child sexual abuse, authorities said.
Sean Jerome Essex, 51, was jailed at 11:10 a.m., records show. He was released at 4 p.m. on $100,000 bail.
Essex was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and engaging in oral copulation with a child under 14, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department. .
Investigators from the department’s Office of Internal Criminal Investigations and Special Victims Office began investigating the deputy after receiving a report of suspicion of child abuse, the agency said.
The sheriff’s department did not say when the investigation began.
Further information – including how long Essex has been an MP; what was his last assignment; if he has been furloughed, fired or if other measures have been taken; and details about the spike that sparked the investigation – were unavailable Friday night.
In a statement, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he was “appalled and saddened” by the allegations and pledged to see justice done.
“Members of the department who engage in misconduct, especially criminal misconduct that preys on a vulnerable population, will not be tolerated and will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.
Last year, another Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on similar charges.
Anthony Heriberto Galindo, of Rancho Cucamonga, was charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl and arrested in late August, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Galindo was removed from his post and his powers as a peace officer were suspended following his arrest, according to an LASD statement at the time.