By: Christina Bravo (KTLA) and Nextster Media Wire
Published: June 7, 2020 / 02:05 PM CDT / Updated: June 6, 2020 / 11:37 AM CDT
Fontana, California (KTLA) – A Fontana police officer is on payroll after being arrested four years ago on charges of raping a 1-year-old girl, authorities said Saturday.
On June 4, 2020, Nicholas Sean Stark appeared in a reservation photo published by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Nicolas Sean Stark, a Fontana resident and police officer, was released on bail Friday morning after being arrested Thursday on drug trafficking charges, according to detainees. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office said his guarantee was set at $ 250,000.
On Tuesday, a Fontana police captain received a post on social media from a woman showing that a Fontana police officer had sexually assaulted her, the department head William Green said in a statement.
The agency learned of the woman’s identity and called the San Bernardino County Sheriff to investigate the main allegation, Green said.
Authorities have identified Fontana police officer Stark as a suspect.
Stark committed the crime at the age of 24 before Fontana police used him, Officer Richard Guerrero told KTL. Guerrero was not immediately available for comment.
Green said he could not immediately dismiss Stark because state law and the officer were on paid leave.
“He’s on paid leave and it’s disgusting,” he said. “However, I will try to finish it as soon as possible.”
Although the department’s downgrade process for potential officers takes about three to five months and involves a psychological assessment and polygraph examination, “it has lost its mark and has not hired anyone,” Green said.
The leader said, “No attempt will be made to justify or alleviate the loss of his predatory behavior. “The Fontana police badge has been tarnished and our community deserves a response.
San Bernardino District Attorney Instant Stark had no information on when he would appear in court.
The sheriff’s department released a photo of his detention and asked anyone with additional damage or more information to call investigators at 909-387-3615. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the WhatsApp hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).