An Orange County Sheriff's deputy is locked up today on suspicion of raping a child under age 14
, Riverside County Sheriff's and jail officials said.
Deputy Wilbert Dale Garcia
, 49, was arrested during a traffic stop and is being held on three offenses — one count of continual sexual abuse of a child
and two counts of aggravated child sexual assault
, a jailer said in a phone interview.
Orange County Sheriff's personnel were on hand to take Garcia into custody as his car was stopped. The primary agency on the arrest was Riverside County Sheriff's deputies, who act as city police for Wildomar, a city in southwest Riverside County.
Garcia remained locked up today on $250,000 bail, sheriff's and jail officials said. Garcia has been placed on administrative leave and the OC Sheriff's is beginning its own personnel investigation.
"It's disturbing when anyone gets arrested for the crimes alleged," said Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. "It's especially disturbing when it's a law enforcement officer."
Amormino said Garcia had been stationed as a patrol deputy in South County and has spent his 19 years in law enforcement as an Orange County deputy.
"We are definitely cooperating fully with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department," Amormino said.