Joseph Ruvido, 49, a 21-year veteran of the department, was taken into custody without incident at his home around 9 p.m. on July 26. Ruvido was in the United States Navy and was even in the Gulf War.
On July 24, a tip came in via crime stoppers naming Ruvido as a suspect involving sex crimes with minors.
Upon receiving the tip, the department immediately opened a criminal investigation and began gathering information and evidence which included 24-7 surveillance with cooperation from the San Diego District Attorney's Office, NBC San Diego reports.
After the investigation which included a search warrant of Ruvido's home, the suspect was arrested.
San Diego Police Department Chief David Nisleit says:
“We understand that we are held to a higher standard. We want to be held to a higher standard, and we need to be held to a higher standard. When we have a member go out and tarnish that badge, it hurts us all.”
The department said the investigation is ongoing and did not identify any other arrests. Police said Ruvido was released from jail on $100,000 bail. Ruvido has been suspended from duty without pay. Ruvido worked in the watch commanders office where he approved bookings and reports.
Ruvido was highlighted in 2016 for his service in the U.S. Navy for eight years. He was deployed in the first Gulf War (Desert Shield & Desert Storm) with the 1st Marine Division 1st Tank Battalion from 1990-1991.