A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of “continuous sexual abuse of a child,” the second accusation of sexual crimes related to children to be leveled against someone in the department’s ranks since June.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division arrested 50-year-old Jeremie Russell Cox, a deputy in the county for more than a decade, at the sheriff’s Twentynine Palms Patrol Station on Sept. 17, according to booking details on the sheriff’s website. He is “no longer employed” by the department, according to a sheriff’s department press release.
Cox, a Yucca Valley resident, is being held on a $750,000 bail and is expected to appear in Morongo Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to booking records. He is suspected of three felonies, according to his booking records:
- Engaging in “substantial sexual conduct” with a child “under the age of 14 years” at least three times over the course of three or more months while living with or having “recurring access” to them. California law defines this as punishable by six to 16 years in state prison.
- “Oral copulation” with a child “under 14 years of age and more than 10 years younger” than the offender at the time. California law defines this as punishable by three to eight years in state prison.
- Committing “any lewd or lascivious act” with “a child of 14 or 15 years” when the offender “is at least 10 years older than the child.” California law defines this as punishable by one to three years in state prison or by a county jail-sentence of “no more than one year.”
The sheriff’s statement said Cox was booked “at the Central Detention Center” in San Bernardino “where he remains in custody.” His booking information, however, states that he is being housed at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
The department did not clarify which location is accurate.
“The investigation began after a male victim reported Cox sexually abused him during the victim’s youth,” according to the sheriff’s release, which does not identify the victim.
The sheriff’s department said it does not believe the alleged crimes were committed “during the course of his duties as a deputy sheriff.” The department declined to disclose how long Cox has worked as a sheriff’s deputy or when the alleged crimes occurred.
“We are not releasing any other information or his photo at this time,” spokesperson Gloria Huerta said in an email.
Until his arrest last week, Cox had been sheriff’s employee for at least 11 years, according to Transparent California, a public pay and pensions database.
Cox received about $123,000 in total pay and benefits as a deputy sheriff in 2011, according to the data. Cox’s pay and benefits had risen to about $171,000 in 2019, according to the data.
The arrest of Cox is the second time a sheriff’s department officer has been arrested on suspicions of sexual crimes related to children since early this summer.
Many of the crimes that Goodwin, 43, ischarged with allegedly occurred about seven years after he was first hired by the sheriff’s department in 2005, the Daily Press reported.
Goodwin was arrested June 24 by Fontana Police Department, which began investigating him based on a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children before discovering he was “employed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.”
He has since been charged with one count of possession or control of child pornography, one count of possession or control of sadomasochistic child pornography, and 14 counts of exhibiting or publishing material depicting child sexual content.
Goodwin’s booking information shows he is being held on a $1 million bail at West Valley Detention Center, the same Rancho Cucamonga facility that is listed as housing Cox in his own booking information following his arrest on Friday.
Goodwin is set to appear again in Rancho Superior Court next month, at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 25.
“It is extremely disturbing when a member of this Department behaves in a manner that contradicts what we stand for as a law enforcement agency,” Sheriff Shannon Dicus stated after the recent arrest of Cox.
Dicus, who took over for former Sheriff John McMahon just a few weeks after the arrest of Goodwin, added that Cox’s case will be “investigated completely and thoroughly.”