Santa Ana Police Department’s 2019 ‘Detective of the Year’ Now Charged with Child Sexual Abuse – Orange County Register

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A Santa Ana police detective who was named the department’s 2019 “Detective of the Year” has been accused of sending graphic messages to someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, the Orange County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

Gregory Beaumarchais, 43, faces one count of annoying or assaulting a victim believed to be under the age of 18 after communicating with a civilian decoy posing as an underage girl, according to a statement from the AD.

Beaumarchais has been with the Santa Ana Police Department since 2011. He is currently on administrative leave.

Beaumarchais’ lawyer, Paul Meyer, said it was “premature to comment” on the charges.

Prosecutors allege Beaumarchais sent graphic messages to the civilian decoy between December 2021 and January 2022. This person contacted authorities to report that the graphic messages were sent by someone claiming to be a 45-year-old police officer, according to the DA’s statement. .

At one point, prosecutors allege Beaumarchais’ access to a social media platform was cut off by his internet service provider, leading him to create another account with a similar handle.

“Police officers have a sacred responsibility to protect society from harm,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “It is beyond disturbing that a sworn police officer had inappropriate conversations with someone he thought was a child. Our children shouldn’t have to worry about falling prey to the very people we teach them who are there to protect them.

Prosecutors say the investigation was facilitated by the US Department of Homeland Security.

“Today’s filing of criminal charges for showing a sexual interest in children shows that no one is above the law when it comes to protecting communities from predators,” said Shawn Gibson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI’s Los Angeles office.

If convicted, Beaumarchais faces up to a year in prison and is expected to register as a sex offender.

Beaumarchais is due in court for arraignment on October 13.

He was released on his own recognizance after surrendering on warrant on Tuesday afternoon.

Beaumarchais was immediately placed on administrative leave and will remain so until the conclusion of criminal and administrative investigations, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a statement. The ministry said it is cooperating in the matter.

Writer Caitlin Antonios contributed to this report.

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