A Santa Ana police detective has been charged after he allegedly sent graphic messages to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl, authorities said Tuesday.
Gregory Daniel Beaumarchais, 43, faces one count of annoying or assaulting a victim believed to be under 18, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Beaumarchais surrendered to authorities on Tuesday. He has been a member of the police since 2011.
A decoy posing as the teenager contacted OC Crime Stoppers to inform them of Beaumarchais’ messages. He allegedly sent the messages between December 2021 and January 2022, officials said.
Beaumarchais is said to have created another social media account after his first was cut by the provider.
The US Department of Homeland Security participated in the investigation.
“Today’s filing of criminal charges for showing a sexual interest in children shows that no one is above the law when it comes to protecting communities from predators,” said Shawn Gibson, Acting Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles.
“Police officers have a sacred responsibility to protect society from harm,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said. “It is beyond disturbing that a sworn police officer had inappropriate conversations with someone he thought was a child. Our children shouldn’t have to worry about falling prey to the very people we teach them who are there to protect them. The vast majority of police officers are the trusted authority figures we expect them to be and when an officer engages in criminal behavior it tarnishes the badge of all of our hardworking law enforcement officers.
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