SDPD sergeant accused of sex crimes involving minor

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego Police Department sergeant was arrested Friday night and booked into jail for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex.

Joseph Ruvido, a 21-year veteran of the department, was arrested at his home without incident around 9 p.m. Friday, SDPD announced Saturday morning.

The 49-year-old San Diego resident was named in a tip among other people allegedly looking for sex with minors.

“We immediately opened a criminal investigation and began gathering information and evidence,” the department release states. “The investigation culminated yesterday with the arrest of Joseph Ruvido in the Carmel Valley community.”

Following the arrest, Chief David Nisleit told reporters he is “disappointed” and “embarrassed.”

“We understand that we are held to a higher standard, we want to be held to a higher standard and we need to be held to a higher standard,” said Nisleit. “When we have a member go out and tarnish that badge it hurts us all.”

SDPD added the investigation would continue. They did not name any other arrests in the case.

Police said the suspect was released from jail on $100,000 bail.

Police Chief David Nisleit held a news conference at 1 p.m. Saturday to discuss the investigation:

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