CrimeSan Mateo County correctional officer charged with molesting young girl
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May 13--A Fullerton man who was a pastor at several churches in Southern California has been charged with 11 felonies in connection with the sex abuse of seven children after being arrested for a second time, authorities announced Monday. John Rodgers McFarland is seen in a photo released by the Fountain Valley Police Department following his arrest in Escondido on Dec. 18, 2018. The charges against John Rodgers McFarland include seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years old, and four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor between 14 and 15, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
A San Mateo County correctional officer is accused of molesting a little girl over the course of several years, authorities said Monday.
Joel Olazabalgudino, 25, appeared in a Redwood City courtroom Friday on three counts of lewd acts with a minor, one count of a lewd act on a minor by force and one count of contacting a minor to commit a felony, according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office.
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Prosecutors alleged Olazabalgudino’s abuse of the girl began in 2012, before he joined the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Olazabalgudino, who lives in San Mateo, was a neighbor and family friend who used to babysit the 8-year-old victim and her younger brother, officials said.
Olazabalgudino allegedly fondled and digitally penetrated the 8-year-old on four separate occasions between 2012 and 2015, according to court records.
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“When those we trust engage in criminal conduct — and that includes politicians, elected officials or government employees — when they violate that trust, it is more egregious than anyone else doing it, because we trust them to follow the law,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Olazabalgudino was employed as a San Mateo County correctional officer when he allegedly sent sexual Snapchat messages to the victim in 2017, according to court records.
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A 29-year-old corrections officer is facing charges after she is accused of getting pregnant by an inmate, according to an arrest warrant. Greshica Jene Brown, an officer serving at Kirkland Correctional Institution, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and misconduct in office. The arrest warrant says Brown, who is from Columbia, had sex with an inmate between June and December of 2018, resulting in her becoming pregnant. The warrant, served by Department of Corrections Police, said cellphone messages and Facebook posts between the inmate and Brown led to her arrest.
He was hired in August 2016 and worked at both San Mateo County jail facilities, sheriff’s spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said.
“The Sheriff’s Office is aware of and disturbed by the criminal charges,” she said.
Olazabalgudino was placed on administrative leave following the investigation. Prosecutors said he confessed to the abuse in a taped phone call.
A no-contact order between Olazabalgudino and the minor was issued Friday, according to court records.
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A 23-year-old inmate at San Quentin State Prison was arrested Friday for allegedly killing his girlfriend in Half Moon Bay last year, authorities said.
His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Olazabalgudino is due in court Tuesday for bail review and a plea hearing, according to court records.
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