San Diego sheriff’s deputy arrested on child molestation charges

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SAN DIEGO – A San Diego County sheriff’s correctional deputy was arrested by Chula Vista police officers and booked on charges of child molestation, luring a minor into a sex act and sending or showing harmful material in order to seduce a minor, local jail records show.

Jaylen Devon Fleer, 27, was booked Wednesday into the Vista Detention Center, according to jail records. Fleer, who is not eligible for bail, now faces 15 charges related to the arrest, including six counts of sending or showing harmful material, three for luring a minor for sex, two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor and oral copulation with a person under 16, among other charges.

The story first was reported Thursday by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Jaylen Fleer, a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who was arrested Wednesday, played baseball at Santana High School in 2011. (Credit: Chris Stone)

He had been with the department since June 2015 with his last assignment at the San Diego Central Jail, according to a department spokesman. The department was made aware of a possible incident involving Fleer and he was placed on administrative leave “when it became appropriate to do so,” the spokesman said.

“The Sheriff’s Department takes allegations of illegal activity by its employees very seriously,” the department said in a news release. “We hold all our deputies to the highest standards and will hold deputies who violate the law accountable.”

According to the Chula Vista Police Dept., the department received two anonymous Crime Stoppers tips on an unidentified adult male suspect, who was said to have engaged in sex acts with an underage victim. Department investigators were able to identify Fleer in addition to determining that there were two other underage victims.

“The investigation determined the crimes committed by Fleer had no nexus to his employment,” the department said, adding that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department cooperated with the investigation.

In a statement by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Public Affairs Officer Tanya Sierra said the case is “under review.”

Charges will be announced at Fleer’s scheduled arraignment on July 31, Sierra said.

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