An Irwindale police officer who resigned this week has been charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl he supervised in the city's explorer program and allegedly sending a second teen sexual text messages, prosecutors said Thursday.
Daniel Camerano, 27, was arrested Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit after prosecutors charged him with six felony counts of child molestation.
Camerano allegedly began a sexual relationship with one of the girls in May 2009 when she was part of the department's Explorer Program.
The sexual molestation allegedly occurred in the Explorer room, said Jane Robison, a district attorney spokeswoman.
Camerano is charged with five felonies involving that girl for alleged sex acts that included oral copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object and sending harmful material to a minor — all in 2009 and 2010.
The eight-year department veteran is also charged with sending harmful material to a second female Explorer in November 2012 in the form of "sexually suggestive text messages," according to prosecutors.
Camerano was released on $240,000 bail.
Prior to his resignation, Camerano had been on leave for more than a year as sheriff's sex crimes detectives investigated the allegations.
The 24-officer department in the tiny San Gabriel Valley city has struggled with problem officers. Last November, a former officer was sentenced to a year in jail for stealing his father's life savings.
Another former Irwindale police officer early this year pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2012. David Paul Fraijo, 36, face up to life in prison if convicted of the five felonies, including kidnapping to commit another crime, forced oral copulation, oral copulation under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint and assault under color of authority.
According to prosecutors, in October 2012 Fraijo pulled over a woman and asked to see her driver's license. When she told him she didn't have one, he ordered her to park at a nearby street, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her, officials say.