A California Highway Patrol officer faces multiple sex crimes charges following his arrest earlier this month. The officer previously worked from the Morongo Base Station in San Bernardino.
According to investigators, the officer faces charges for committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child between 14 and 15. In addition, he faces charges of communicating with a minor for the purposes of committing sex crimes. He also faces charges of meeting with a minor to commit a sex crime.
The CHP contacted the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office for assistance with the investigation. Investigators found that the 12-year veteran worked as a youth recreation volunteer and a church youth volunteer. According to detectives, they found credible allegations of misconduct dating as far back as 2010. In that case, detectives said the officer had contact with a 14-year-old girl between July 2011 and January 2012. He also had contact with a 17-year-old girl between March and August 2014. Police believe it’s possible that the officer contacted more victims during that time.
This is the second case of California officers being accused of sexual offenses against minors in the last two months. A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department detective also faces charges for committing sexual offenses against a minor. Ventura County is managing that case.
Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer
Sex-related charges are very serious, and have the real potential for a lifetime of impacts. Most sex offenders in California must submit to lifetime registration. No matter where they go, they must register as a sex offender. When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of defendants in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Sexual offense convictions can result in prison time and post-release supervision. That’s hardly the end of a sexual offense conviction, though. Lifetime registration means that you’ll have regular contact with the local police department. You’ll be required to check in periodically and submit to regular searches, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.
You may face restrictions on employment, volunteering, where you live and who you live with. There is literally no way to put a past conviction for a sexual offense behind you. Ever. That’s a lot to think about.
That’s also why you need the help of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. You don’t have to face the justice system alone, and you shouldn’t. Don’t wait! Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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