- An Orange County detective faces up to a year in prison for sending sexual messages to a decoy believed to be 14 years old.
- Gregory Daniel Beaumarchais was 43 years old the name of the thing Detective of the Year in 2019.
- If convicted, Beaumarchais, who surrendered to authorities on Tuesday, will have to register as a sex offender.
Gregory Daniel Beaumarchais, 43, a Santa Ana Police Department officer named “Inspector General,” faces up to a year in prison for sexting a booby believed to be 14.
Beaumarchais, who surrendered to authorities on Tuesday while on administrative leave, was so accused of One offense relating to harassment or harassment of a victim believed to be under the age of 18. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in the Orange County Jail and will be required to register as a sexual offender.
A civilian decoy who impersonated a 14-year-old girl on social media allegedly received sexually explicit messages from a detective between December 2021 and January 2022, according to a permit Released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The decoy reported the officer’s messages to OC Crime Stoppers, which prompted the US Department of Homeland Security to launch an investigation.
Officer – from in 2019 He was named ‘Informant of the Year’ in the department – accused of sending some inappropriate messages while on duty and creating alternate accounts to circumvent social media bans to continue sending messages.
“Police officers have the sacred responsibility to protect the community from harm,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer He said in a statement. “It is unobtrusive for a sworn police officer to engage in inappropriate conversations with someone he thinks is a child. Our children should not worry about being preyed upon by the same people we teach them who are there to protect them. The vast majority of police officers are the trusted authority figures we expect, and when An officer who engages in criminal conduct, it discredits the insignia of all our diligent 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 rates of sexual crimes committed by police officers are unclear, as crimes often go unreported. 2015 Associated Press investigation It found nearly 1,000 officers lost their badges in a six-year period for crimes including rape, sodomy and other sexual offenses including possession of child pornography. About a third of the officers whose certificates were dropped were accused of committing incidents related to the events.
“This probably happens in every law enforcement agency across the country,” Sarasota Police Department Chief of Florida, Bernadette DePino, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said. He told The Associated Press in time. “It’s not reported very often and people are afraid that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer will then go out to get it.”