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County Safety Officer Held on 25 Counts of Molestation

September 13, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

A Los Angeles County safety police officer was arrested Friday on 25 counts of felony child molestation involving a teenage girl.

Carlos Fernando Salcedo, 27, was taken into custody at the safety police headquarters at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He was ordered held on $1.1-million bail.

Details were sketchy, but Sgt. Dan Scott of the Sheriff Department's Family Crimes Bureau said that the girl was a friend of Salcedo and that the alleged molestations occurred over about a year and a half. The incidents were reported to the Sheriff's Department about a week ago, Scott said.

The safety police patrol the county's parks and buildings. They are sworn police officers and carry firearms.

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