'Extremely Disturbing': Allegations of Child Sex Abuse Prompt Arrest of Calif. Deputy

A man working as a sheriff's deputy in Southern California was arrested last week after authorities said he was accused of "continuous sexual abuse of a child."

The man, identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department as 50-year-old Jeremie Cox, was arrested on September 17, according to a news release the department issued Monday. Cox was arrested by detectives with the department's Specialized Investigation Division at the address matching that of the Twentynine Palms Patrol Station in Joshua Tree, according to arrest records obtained by the Daily Press in nearby Victorville.

At the time of his arrest, Cox was working as a sheriff's deputy at the Morongo Basin's Desert/Mountain Courts Division, according to the press release. Cox had worked with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for 25 years and began working within the Morongo Basin's courts division in late 2005, authorities said.

Cox was arrested on suspicion of "continuous sexual abuse of a child," "oral copulation of a person—14-years-old" and "lewd and lascivious acts with a child," the sheriff's department said in the release.

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A sheriff's deputy in Southern California was arrested after he was accused of "continuous" sexual abuse of a child, authorities said Monday. Above, handcuffs hold barricades together at a rally outside the Aurora Police Department headquarters on June 27, 2020, in Aurora, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

The department said "none of the crimes" of which Cox has been accused occurred during his time as a sheriff's deputy. Authorities began investigating Cox's alleged crimes after an individual they did not publicly identify told authorities he had been sexually abused by Cox during his childhood. The sheriff's department did not specify the accuser's current age, the age or ages he was at the time of the alleged abuse, or the years during which the abuse was alleged to have occurred.

Cox was arrested and taken to the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center, where he was held on bail set at $750,000, according to the department's news release.

Cox was later transferred to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to Gloria Huerta, the public information officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Cox was still in custody with his bail set at $750,000 by Tuesday afternoon, Huerta told Newsweek.

The department added that Cox is "no longer" a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department employee.

Shannon Dicus, who has worked for the sheriff's department since the early 1990s and was appointed sheriff earlier this summer by the San Bernardino County's board of supervisors, said in the department's release the allegations against Cox would be "completely and thoroughly" investigated.

"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," Dicus said.

Individuals with information about the allegations Cox is facing have been asked to contact authorities through the sheriff's department's Specialized Investigation Division tip line. An anonymous tip line is also available for individuals who believe they have relevant information but are unwilling to share their personal information with investigators, authorities said.

Updated 9/21 at 6:07 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include additional information from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.