SANTA ANA -- A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was charged today in Orange County with four counts of felony child molestation for allegedly touching an underage female relative in a lewd manner and engaging in sexual conversations with her, beginning when she was 8 or 9.
Ricky Hermosillo, 42, of Orange, faces one count of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 and three felony count of lewd acts upon a child between the age of 14 and 15, said Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Hermosillo, assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was arrested at his home on Friday and posted $100,000 bail.
He is scheduled for arraignment June 3, and faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of all the counts, Emami said.
Beginning in October 2000, when the girl was 8 or 9, and over the next two years, Hermosillo is accused of touching her breasts.
Prosecutors allege he continued to "groom" the girl, referred to as Jane Doe, developing a close relationship and having multiple inappropriate sexual conversations with her.
On April 26 of this year, Hermosillo is accused of touching the now-15- year-old girl's pubic region and breasts and making inappropriate sexual comments, Emami said.
The girl told her father 10 days later, and he immediately contacted police, Emami said.