Deputies Accused of Having Sex with Underage Girls
Deputies accused of sex with different teenage Explorers
Two San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies have been charged with sex with teenaged Explorers. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)
Nathan Gastineau, 31, of Redlands, was arrested April 22 after the girl, a police Explorer, alleged he had sex with her. He was charged with three counts of lewd acts upon a child and three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Days after Gastineau's arrest, San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies arrested Rialto resident Jason Anguiano, 27, who is not a Sheriff's deputy. Investigators alleged the man had sex with the same 16-year-old girl as Gastineau.
The District Attorney's Office also filed charges against Anguiano Friday. He is charged with two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Both men posted $25,000 bail within days of their arrests and are out of custody. Gastineau is set to be arraigned June 27 and Anguiano will be arraigned June 28. Both arraignments will take place in San Bernardino Superior Court.
Gastineau was the first of two San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies to be accused of having sexual relationships with underage Explorers within a two-week period.
Victorville deputy Anthony Benjamin, 30, was arrested May 5 and accused of conducting sex acts with a 17-year-old girl during ride-alongs in his patrol car. The District Attorney's Office charged Benjamin Thursday with two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18.
Benjamin is out of custody on bail and is set to be arraigned July 6 in Victorville Superior Court.
Following Benjamin's arrest, San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops suspended the department's Explorer ride-along program and called for a review and overhaul of the Explorer program.
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday that Gastineau is no longer employed by the department. Benjamin is still a Sheriff's deputy, but is on paid administrative leave pending a departmental investigation.