Highway Patrol officer accused of sexual battery against disabled man

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, July 26, 2013 21:44 EDT
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Highway patrol officer charged with sexual battery against disabled man [KOVR-TV]
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A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was arrested and charged with sexual battery and disorderly conduct on Friday for allegedly touching a 22-year-old disabled man inappropriately inside a shopping mall bathroom.

The Sacramento Bee reported that 47-year-old Jeffery Closson, a 25-year veteran of the CHP, was booked into Sacramento County jail on Friday afternoon in connection with a June 20 incident at the Arden Fair Mall. He was released on $5,000 bail but placed on administrative leave while the department begins its own investigation.

“The allegations that have been brought forward are disturbing,” CHP spokesperson Fran Clader said in a statement. “Even as the alleged incident occurred while the employee was off duty, the CHP takes any allegation of misconduct by its employees seriously.”

Police said they determined Closson was a possible suspect using mall security camera footage from the day of the alleged encounter. KOVR-TV reported that Closson was allegedly exposing and touching himself during the incident.

Watch KOVR’s report on Closson’s arrest, aired Friday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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