A California Highway Patrol officer has been arrested for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl from February 2017 to August, 2, 2018.
The girl’s mother went to the pastor of a local church for help because of what Michael Richard Joslin, 35, was doing to her daughter, reported The Sacramento Bee.
According to court documents, Joslin ‘resided with, and had recurring access to’ the girl while he engaged in ‘substantial sexual conduct’ with her at least 3 times.
Joslin has been charged with rape by means of force or fear, penetration with a foreign object of a minor under 14, oral copulation with a minor under 14, lewd acts with a child under 14, and continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Joslin, who is being held at Amador County Jail, pleaded not guilty during a court appearance.
A court order prohibits him from contacting the victim and requires him to turn over his firearms.
A California Highway Patrol spokesperson said Joslin was an officer at the time of his arrest but ‘no longer works for us’. However, they would not say if he was fired because of the charges.
‘The CHP continues to fully cooperate with the investigating agency and we are conducting our own investigation into the allegations,’ CHP Amador Area Commander Lt Todd Brown said in a statement.
‘I also want to assure the public that we take any allegation of misconduct by our employees, whether on- or off-duty, very seriously.’