Detective ‘sent graphic messages’ pretending to be teenage girl


A celebrated California police officer once named “Detective of the Year” was arrested for allegedly sexing graphic photos to a civil decoy posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Detective Gregory Beaumarchais, 43, was charged with one felony of harassing or harassing a victim believed to be under 18, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

det. Beaumarchais, who has been a member of the Santa Ana Police Department since 2011, was placed on administrative leave after a citizen warned the department that he allegedly sent them sexually explicit messages while posing as a 14-year-old girl.

The texts were sent on social media between December and January, some while Det. Beaumarchais was on duty, the prosecutor claimed.

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det. Beaumarchais was named Santa Ana Police Detective of the Year in 201 The Los Angeles Times.

The department says it was made aware of the allegations in December and referred the investigation to federal and provincial authorities. After making himself authorities on Tuesday, he was released on his own admission the same day.

According to the DA’s office, the social media platform Det. Beaumarchais sent the messages of deleted his account before creating a new profile under a similar handle.

If convicted of the crime, he must register as a sex offender. He could also spend up to a year in prison and be fined $5,000. His next court hearing is scheduled for October 13.

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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer denounced the alleged behavior in a press release.

“Police officers have a sacred responsibility to protect society from harm,” Spitzer said.

“It is beyond alarming that a sworn police officer would engage in inappropriate conversations with someone he believed to be a child. Our children don’t have to worry about being attacked by the people we teach them and who are there to protect them.”

Meanwhile, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a statement that it is actively working with Orange County and Homeland security investigators working on the case.

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“Misconduct of any kind negatively impacts the devotion to public service displayed by the vast majority of our officers,” Chief Constable David Valentin said.

“Our department will not tolerate inappropriate conduct or suspected criminal conduct that violates the trust of the community to which we are hired. We ensure a complete, thorough and objective administrative investigation immediately after completion of the criminal case.”

det. Beaumarchais works as an officer with the Major Enforcement Team, which tackles arms trafficking, narcotics and gang-related crimes. New York Post reported.

TBEN has contacted Det. Beaumarchais’s attorney for comment.


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