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Sheriff's Deputy Accused Of Repeatedly Molesting 13-Year-Old Girl

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An L.A. County Sheriff's deputy is accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl he met online over the course of a year.Jovanni Argueta, 26, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child annoyance and molestation, the OC Register reports. He was arrested in Whittier at a Sheriff's Department training facility by Costa Mesa police and fellow members of the sheriff's department.

Last week, Costa Mesa Middle School employees told police about a suspicious man they saw on the campus. Though the man employees saw had left by the time officers got to the school, they later determined that the man in question had been Agueta. Investigators say that Agueta met the girl online while playing a fantasy game and, though she was only 12 at the time, eventually met up with her offline.

Agueta is accused of engaging in a number of sexual acts with the girl over the course of the next year. These alleged encounters took place both on campus and off, and authorities aren't sure if Agueta was on duty during any of them, the L.A. Times reports. He was not wearing his uniform when school employees spotted him.

Agueta’s bail has been set at $100,000 and anyone with information should call investigators at 714-754-5281.