A former California Highway Patrol officer previously stationed in the San Andreas and Amador area offices was sentenced to 19 years in state prison by an Amador County Superior Court Judge for sexually abusing a minor girl.
Michael Richard Joslin, 36, pleaded guilty on March 4 to forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object to a victim under 14 years old and foricible rape of a child under 14 years old as a part of a plea agreement, said Todd Riebe, Amador County District Attorney.
Joslin received a 10-year sentence for sexual penetration charge and nine years for the rape charge. The felony charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation with a person under 14 years old and lewd and lascivious acts with a person under 14 were dropped as a part of the deal.
Reibe said a probation report condemned Joslin for a pattern of sexual abuse against the minor victim, which extended for about a year in 2017 and 2018 while Joslin worked at the Amador area CHP office.
“It referred to the crime as heinous and an abuse of trust given his status as a law enforcement officer sworn to uphold the law,” Riebe said.
Joslin worked at the San Andreas office for just under seven years, leaving for Amador County in the spring of 2016.
Joslin was arrested near Colfax in Placer County on Aug. 13, 2018, and remained in the custody of the Amador County Jail on a no bail hold since his arrest. Joslin was transferred to the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on April 23 and is being held at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.
“It's just sad all the way around. In two ways; he is going to be in prison for 19 years and basically the life as he knew it has been altered forever, not to mention the victim’s life and how she wrestles with this,” Riebe said.
In August 2018, Amador County Undersheriff Gary Redman said the victim was a 12-year-old girl who had been sexually abused for about a year. Redman said he could not verify if Joslin and the girl knew each other.
Riebe said a protective order barred him from sharing if the girl and Joslin were related.
“She seems to have a very good attitude. She has a very supportive mother and nurturing friends. I think as well as anybody she can adapt to a tragedy like this. This child has a good parent and support networks she's going to have to rely on to get through this,” Riebe said.
During the sentencing hearing, the victim’s mother gave a statement which described the “shock waves” of the allegations. Riebe said he was not in the court that day but described the statement as “eloquent.”
“Her mother’s head is really in the right place,” Riebe said. “No doubt in my mind, her intention is to not let hate consume them but to heal.”
Amador County Superior Court Judge Judge J.S. Hermanson sentenced Joslin on April 15. The case was prosecuted by Amador County Deputy District Attorney Gabrielle Stidger.
Joslin was represented by David Brooks, according to the Amador County Superior Court website.
“[Gabrielle] did a great job with this case and hats off to the Sheriff’s Office for doing a very good investigation. Cases like this, you hope you get good reports and a thorough investigation,” Riebe said.
Joslin will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. Reiebe said a felony violation of Joslin’s post-release supervision, such as a failure to register, could result in a 25 years to life sentence.
The judge also issued a 10-year protective order for the victim.
According to the Amador County Superior Court website, Joslin’s wife filed for a divorce involving minor children the day after his arrest.
According to a written statement issued by Amador-area CHP Commander Lt. Todd Brown, the sexual assaults occurred while Joslin was off-duty.
Joslin, who lived in Pioneer in Amador County at the time of the allegations, was fired the day after his arrest.
CHP spokesperson Jamie Coffee said in August 2018 Joslin was employed at the San Andreas area office from July 1, 2009, until March 2, 2016. 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.
At the time, Coffee said she could not release personnel records related to potential officer misconduct and could not comment on any possible disciplinary action against Joslin.
The sexual abuse was discovered after the pastor of an Amador County church told the Sheriff’s Office he learned about the allegations from the minor girl’s mother.
While the girl and the mother were interviewed to confirm the allegations, Joslin left to his father’s house in Placer County.
An emergency protective order was placed on the family before Joslin was located and arrested east of Colfax in Placer County.
According to the CDCR website, Joslin’s earliest parole eligibility date is Nov. 2033.