(The AEGIS Alliance) – NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA – A firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service got arrested on Wednesday for allegedly groping a 12-year-old girl at the end of May in Newport Beach, KTLA reported that officials said on Thursday.
The 38-year-old San Jacinto man named Jacob Daniel Carothers is facing felony charges that include a single count of possessing child pornography and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, according to a statement by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the D.A.’s office, a woman filed a police report on May 29 with the Newport Beach Police Department and told officers that a man had inappropriately grabbed her 12-year-old daughter twice. Officials said the suspect was later identified as Carothers who was riding a bike at the time of the incident. The girl was with her two friends nearby the Balboa Peninsula beach in swimwear when the incident took place.
Carothers fled the scene of the crime on his bike and police found him in a nearby alley. Investigators later discovered that Carothers was in possession of a significant amount of pornographic videos and images with underage children in them.
On Wednesday, detectives with the Newport Beach Police arrested Jacob Daniel Carothers who was wanted on a warrant. Carothers has been employed for the last 16 years as a federal firefighter.
Carothers bail is set at $100,000 and he is due to be arraigned on Monday. If Carothers is convicted on all charges, he’s facing a maximum of 10 years and 8 months locked behind bars in prison.
Authorities are asking for any potential additional victims to please come forward and are asking the public to help.
Kyle James Lee – The AEGIS Alliance – This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.