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Cerritos Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Sex Crimes

A 10-year veteran of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Department has been charged in a felony complaint for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage girl, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Manuel Enrique Perallon Jr., 36 is charged with one felony count of oral copulation of a person under 18 and misdemeanor child molesting.

Perallon, who was arrested yesterday and is out on $70,000 bond, is expected to be arraigned on May 16 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case was filed for warrant on April 23.

The alleged offenses involve one victim and occurred between April 29 and May 1, 2011. At the time of the alleged crimes, Perallon was assigned to Cerritos Station where he oversaw the Explorer Program. The defendant met the victim, who was 16 at the time, through the program.

If convicted as charged, Perallon faces a maximum prison term of four years.

Deputy District Attorney Renee Chang of the Justice System Integrity Division is assigned to the case. Investigators of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau are investigating the case.

–Source Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

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