California Deputy Admits to Groping 14-Year-Old Child in Fast Food Line

Ben Keller

A California deputy charged with committing a lewd act with a child admitted to his crime on Wednesday.

A San Diego County sheriff's deputy arrested for groping a 14-year-old girl waiting in line at a Panda Express pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act with a minor September 3.

Timothy Wilson Jr., 33, was sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Wilson, who worked at the Vista Jail for 10 years, was arrested May 18 at his work place.

Then incident occurred around 7 p.m. on March 21 when restaurant surveillance video captured Wilson's act before he hurried out of the restaurant and fled the scene in a black sedan.

The victim then reported to police that a man grabbed her buttocks as she waited in line.

Crime Stoppers issued a video to the media seeking help from the public with identifying the suspect on April 9.

On May 9, a sheriff's department employee reported Wilson was possibly the man seen in security camera images, stating he resembled the man in the video, according to authorities.

Wilson then used his unique name and password in order to log in the sheriff's department's data base after he learned about the investigation, forwarding documents related to the investigation to his personal email address.

He was arrested on May 18 at around noon, booked into the Central Jail and placed on paid administrative leave.

San Diego Sheriff County Bill Gore said he was disappointed in Wilson's actions.

"I am deeply disappointed with Mr. Wilson’s conduct but proud of the men and women of this department who do not tolerate criminal acts in the community or within their own ranks," he said.

In addition to a year in jail, a judge sentenced Wilson to five years of probation and ordered him to stay away from the victim for 10 years.

Crime Stoppers asks the public to come forward if they have any information regarding this case or similar cases Wilson may have been involved in. Those with any information are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit at (858) 974-2316 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 to report tips anonymously.

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