The recent arrest of San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy David Ceballoson is a case in point. Ceballoson, a San Bernardino sheriff's deputy assigned to the Fontana station, was arrested on charges that he had an unlawful sexual relationship with a teenage member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's Explorer program. The Explorer program is designed to give teenagers a glimpse at law enforcement activity; it is not a venue for sheriff's deputies to manipulate or coerce teenagers into having sexual relations.
This is not the first incident in which a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy has been criminally charged for having sex with a teenage Explorer. In 2014, former sheriff’s deputy Nathan Gastineau was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for having sex with a teenage Explorer and possessing child pornography. Gastineau worked out of the Highland station.
As is the case with sexual assualts generally (and incidents of police brutality), victims are far too often silenced and denied a full measure of justice because prosecutors are reluctant to charge perpetrators. But criminal accountability is a critical component in helping victims of sexual assualt (and victims of police brutality) secure justice. Having aggressors criminally charged, prosecuted and convicted helps victims move on with their lives and it also helps deter future criminal activity by potential abusers.
For more information about sexual abuse and sexual assaults by police officers -- and the potential for victims to bring civil rights cases against abusers -- please see our page Sexual Assault Police Brutality.