[UPDATED] James Arroyo, Orange County Jail Cook, Charged for Allegedly Groping Two Female Inmates
In a statement on Arroyo's charges (after the jump), the Orange County District Attorney's office announces he could get up to three years and six months in jail and have to register as a sex offender if convicted.
But that is just for the current counts. Prosecutors are also reaching out to the public in case Arroyo victimized others during his six years working at the jail. He is alleged to have kept in contact with many female inmates and possessing nude photos of some of them on his cell phone.
March 3, 2011
OCSD JAIL COOK CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO FEMALE INMATES WHO WORKED FOR HIM
SANTA ANA - An Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) jail cook has been charged with sexually assaulting two female inmates who worked under his supervision in the kitchen of the Orange County jail. James Arroyo, 54, of Fullerton, is charged with one misdemeanor count each of sexual battery and being a detention facility employee engaging in sexual activity with a confined consenting adult for Jane Doe number 1. For Jane Doe number 2, he is charged with two misdemeanor counts each of assault and battery, one misdemeanor count of being a detention facility employee engaging in sexual activity with a confined consenting adult, and one misdemeanor count of being a detention facility employee attempting sexual activity with a confined consenting adult. If convicted on all counts, Arroyo faces a maximum sentence of three years and six months in jail and sex offender registration. The defendant is currently out of custody on $25,000 bail. The People will be requesting Arroyo is scheduled to be arraigned March 14, 2011, at theCentral Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and department are to be determined.
At the time of the crime, Arroyo was a non-sworn employee of the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) and worked as a cook in the Orange County Jail. Several female inmates worked under his supervision.
Jane Doe number 1
For several months prior to February 2011, Arroyo is accused of violating his position of power and authority by frequently harassing 47-year-old inmate Jane Doe number 1 while she was working in the jail kitchen. This is a sought-after position for inmates and a privilege. He is accused of pestering her multiple times every day by asking to touch and see her breasts. The victim said "No," every time but did not report the harassment for fear that she would lose her job in the kitchen.
On Feb. 12, 2011, Arroyo is accused of following Jane Doe number 1 into a storage closet and blocking the doorway. He is accused of continuing to harass the victim by asking her again to touch her breasts. The trapped, intimidated victim replied, "Just do it." Arroyo is accused of squeezing Jane Doe number 1's breasts twice before she rushed out of the closet. Following the sexual assault, Arroyo is accused of continuing to repeatedly asking the victim to show him her breasts and allow him to touch them.
Over the next two days, Jane Doe number 1 was shaking, appeared distraught and ill, and was afraid to go to work or the restroom alone. On Feb. 14, 2011, Jane Doe number 1 disclosed the assault to OCSD, who immediately began investigating the case.
Jane Doe number 2
For several weeks prior to February 2011, Arroyo is accused of violating his position of power and authority and constantly harassing 23-year-old inmate Jane Doe number 2 while she was working in the jail kitchen. He is accused of repeatedly pestering her by complimenting her lips and asking to kiss her. The victim said "No," every time but did not report the harassment for fear that no one would believe her. On multiple occasions, Arroyo is accused of intentionally brushing his arms and hands against her breasts while pretending it was unintentional in the course of kitchen work.
In early February 2011, Arroyo is accused of cornering the victim in a storage room and blocking her ability to exit by standing in the doorway. He is accused of continuing to harass the victim by asking her again to kiss her. The trapped, intimidated victim complied with a quick kiss on the lips before pushing her way past him and rushing out of the room.
Over the next several days, Arroyo is accused of repeatedly asking the victim for a longer kiss and escalating his harassment by requesting that she pull down her pants to show her vagina. The victim reported the sexual assault to OCSD on Feb. 14, 2011.
Request for Public Information
The defendant is accused of having inappropriate relationship with other female inmates and providing them with favors including snacks and jail account funds. He is accused of maintaining contact with multiple female inmates and possessing nude photographs of them sent to him on his cell phone after their release from jail.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8814.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.
ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 16, 10:02 A.M.: Orange County jail cook James Arroyo was arrested for allegedly touching the breasts of a female inmate.
The woman, whom Arroyo was supervising in the Intake/Release Center kitchen Monday, reached up for something on a top pantry shelf when the cook is said to have moved in for a feel.
Further investigation revealed the six-year Orange County Sheriff's Department employee allegedly had photos of female inmates on his cell phone, kept in contact with some who'd been released and put money in the accounts of women behind bars at the jail at 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana.
Arroyo was booked on suspicion of sexual battery and released after posting bail. The sheriff's office has also placed him on administrative leave.
The worst part of this sad tale is that melons are not in season.