- An Orange County detective is facing up to a year in prison for sexting what he believes to be a 14-year-old bait.
- Gregory Daniel Beaumarchais, 43 named 2019 “Detective of the Year”.
- If convicted, Beaumarches, who turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday, will have to register as a sex offender.
Gregory Daniel Beaumarchais, 43, a former Santa Ana Police Department officer who was named Detective of the Year, faces up to a year in prison for sexting what he believes to be a 14-year-old decoy.
Beaumarchais, who surrendered to authorities on Tuesday and is on administrative leave charged A misdemeanor charge of molesting or molesting a victim believed to be under the age of 18. If convicted, he faces up to a year in the Orange County Jail and will be required to register as a sex offender.
A civilian decoy posing as a 14-year-old girl on social media allegedly received sexually explicit messages from detectives between December 2021 and January 2022, according to reports a statement Released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The decoy reported the officer’s information to OC Crime Stoppers, which prompted an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
officials – who 2019 Named the department’s “Detective of the Year” – accused of sending some inappropriate messages while on duty and creating alternate accounts to circumvent social media bans to keep sending messages.
“Police have a sacred responsibility to protect society from harm,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement“It’s disturbing that a sworn cop would have inappropriate conversations with someone he thought was a child. Our kids shouldn’t have to worry about being looted by those we teach them to protect them. The vast majority of cops Both are the trusted authority figures we expect them to be, and when a police officer engages in criminal conduct, it tarnishes the badge of all our hardworking law enforcement officers.”
The District Attorney’s Office and the Santa Ana Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The rate of sex crimes committed by police is unclear, as these crimes are often unreported. A 2015 Associated Press investigation Some 1,000 officers were found to have lost their badges over six years for crimes including rape, sodomy and other sexual crimes, including possession of child pornography. About one-third of disqualified officers were charged with incidents involving juveniles.
“This can happen to law enforcement agencies across the country,” said Sarasota, Florida, police chief Bernadette DiPino, who helped the International Association of Chiefs of Police research the issue. told the Associated Press then. “It’s underestimated, people are scared and if they call and complain about the police, they think all the other police officers are going to come out for them.”