Riverside County Sheriff's Department vehicle. Photo via riversidesheriff.org
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department vehicle not involved with deputy in the story. Photo via riversidesheriff.org

A Riverside Sheriff’s deputy was arrested for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Mead Valley area, authorities said Saturday.

There were few details available yet about the allegations, but in addition to felony sexual assault, the deputy was booked on suspicion of using a “camcorder” or other video recording device that involved invasion of privacy.

There was no word of the identity of the victim or victims, nor circumstances behind the arrest.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Perris Station were called to respond to a sexual assault at 12:10 a.m. Friday in the area of El Dorado and Cole Avenue, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Durham.

“Deputies and investigators conducted an investigation and arrested the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Mead Valley resident, Andrew Dinh, for sexual assault,” Durham said.

Mead Valley is a small hillside community just west of the I-215 freeway and south of March Air Reserve Base and the city of Riverside.

Dinh was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of felony sexual assault and two misdemeanor sexual assault related charges, Durham said. Those charges are sexual battery and invasion of privacy with a camcorder, according to online inmate records.

He was held on a $55,000 bail and was released Friday after posting bail, records show.

Dinh is a sworn peace officer for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Durham said.

“His peace officer powers are suspended and he was off duty at the time of this incident,” he added.

— City News Service

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