An Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting several women held at Theo Lacy Jail, authorities said.
Arcadio Rodriguez, 30, is accused of sexually assaulting two women on separate occasions by touching them and showing them pornographic videos in their quarters, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a release. The attacks date back to May, the press release said.
The sheriff’s department became aware of the allegations on Aug. 8 when prison staff “intercepted communications describing the wrongdoing” and launched an investigation, the press release said. Officials say Rodriguez was placed on administrative leave on August 9.
He was booked into the Santa Ana jail on Friday on suspicion of sexual activity between a peace officer and an inmate at a detention facility and a chargeless assault under the color of authority and possession of a cellphone at a detention facility, the sheriff’s department said . The case is being referred to the Orange County Attorney’s Office for prosecution, authorities said.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in a statement that he had notified the County Office of Independent Review, a monitoring agency that oversees the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office, to ensure the investigation is objective and thorough.
“The alleged criminal acts of this MP are inexcusable, especially for a person who has sworn to serve and protect our community,” Barnes said.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-13/orange-county-sheriffs-deputy-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-two-inmates Orange County sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting two inmates