L.A. sheriff’s deputy charged with over 30 counts of sex crimes involving children

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In this July 19, 2016 photo, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy recruit Renata Phillip, right, listens to recruit training officer Sean Essex, center, at the Biscailuz Regional Training Center in Monterey Park, Calif. CREDIT: JAE C. HONG/AP

CALIFORNIA – An indictment was unsealed today charging a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy with sexually assaulting four girls between the ages of 7 and 13 at the time of the alleged crimes.

A grand jury returned an indictment yesterday against Sean Essex (dob 3/18/71) for 18 counts of oral copulation of a child, 12 counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 and one count of possession of material depicting a child sex act. He is facing 14 25-to-life counts and 18 15-to-life counts.

The indictment was unsealed today.

“Sexually assaulting a child not only robs them of their innocence but also leaves lasting mental trauma. This is one of the most egregious crimes my office encounters and it is made worse when the crime is committed by someone who has been entrusted to protect them and our community from harm,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said. “My office’s Bureau of Victim Services will provide the assistance and resources to the victims in this case to help them in their healing process.”

The charges include a victim who reported the abuse in 2006 but the case was previously declined by our office.

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