The Amador County Sheriff’s Office arrested a former San Andreas-area California Highway Patrol officer on Monday near Colfax in Placer County on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor Amador County girl during the past year.
Amador County Undersheriff Gary Redman said much of the information surrounding the investigation will not be disclosed to protect the identity of the 12-year-old victim. He said he could not verify whether she and the suspect knew each other.
“In reality, it’s ongoing and we have to keep as much confidentiality as we can,” Redman said.
According to a statement from Amador-area CHP Commander Lt. Todd Brown, the alleged sexual assaults occurred while the suspect was off duty.
CHP spokesperson Jamie Coffee said the suspect, 35 years old, of Pioneer in Amador County, was employed at the Amador area office until Aug. 14, when he was removed from the position. From July 1, 2009, until March 2, 2016, he was employed at the San Andreas area office. He graduated from the CHP Academy in West Sacramento on June 18, 2007, and was first assigned to the West Valley area office on Dec. 21, 2007.
Coffee said it was prohibited by law to release personnel records related to potential officer misconduct and could not comment on whether there was any past disciplinary action involving the suspect.
Redman said the Sheriff’s Office was called by the pastor of a local church to report the accusation. In an Amador County Sheriff’s Office press release, the paster explained that the mother recently learned that her daughter was molested.
“I don’t know why she didn’t disclose this stuff and only disclose it to the pastor,” Redman said.
Redman said he could not share the name of the church or its location but noted that the suspected sexual assaults occurred in Amador County.
The following day, Amador County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives conducted interviews with the mother and her daughter, who said the girl was molested for approximately a year, Redman said.
“Prior to our arrival” the suspect went to Placer County, where his father lived, the press release stated.
An emergency protective order was then issued for the minor victim and her immediate family, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to provide assistance on the search for the suspect.
On Monday, the suspect was found “east of Colfax” in Placer County, Redman said.
A town or street was not available, he said.
Michael Joslin, 35, was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor under 14 by means of force or fear, penetration with a foreign object of a minor under 14 by means of force or fear, rape by means of force or fear, lewd acts with a child under 14 by means of force or fear, and continuous sexual abuse of a child.
“The CHP continues to fully cooperate with the investigating agency, and we are conducting our own investigation into the allegations. I also want to assure the public that we take any allegation of misconduct by our employees, whether on or off duty, very seriously,” Brown said in his statement.
Joslin is being held in the Amador County Jail without bail.