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Correctional Officer accused of sexual battery

(Correctional Officer arrested)….Richard Sotelo was taken into custody earlier this week.

Imperial County Sheriff’s investigators say they received information alleging criminal misconduct by Sotelo on August 30th. As a result, Sotelo was placed on Paid Administrative Leave. Officials say, at the same time, an investigation was initiated.. The case was presented to the District Attorney’s office for review. A criminal complaint was approved. The arrest warrant issued this week charges Sotelo with 3 counts of sexual battery and one count of stalking. The suspect was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Investigators without incident. Sotelo was released after posting $25,000 bail. The suspect is employed as a Correctional Officer with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department.