A veteran officer of the Calfornia Highway Patrol has been arrested and charged with sexual battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly inappropriately touching a 22-year-old disabled man in a bathroom at a shopping mall.
According to Sacramento police, a 22-year-old disabled man reported being inappropriately touched by a man in an Arden Fair Mall bathroom on June 20. Officers reviewed surveillance footage, developed leads in the case and eventually identified 47-year-old Jeffery Closson as a possible suspect, said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse.
Closson, who is a 25-year veteran of the CHP and was off duty at the time of the alleged incident, was booked into Sacramento County jail on Friday afternoon. 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. Even as the alleged incident occurred while the employee was off duty, the CHP takes any allegation of misconduct by its employees seriously," according to a statement released by CHP spokesperson Fran Clader. "If the allegations in this case are proven true, the department will impose discipline up to and including dismissal of the employee."
The statement also noted that the allegations do not reflect "the values, hard work, dedication and professionalism of the CHP and all of its more than 11,000 employees ... ."