Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested Following Undercover Operation

A Butte County Sheriff’s deputy has been removed from duty, following his recent arrest. 27 year old Earl Klapperich faces a charge of arranging to meet with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior. He’ll be arraigned in June. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says it received a complaint in April about how Klapperich handled a call involving two underage girls. The District Attorney’s Office says during the investigation, authorities posed as a 14-year-old girl and exchanged text messages with the deputy. Authorities say the text conversation turned sexual in nature and Klapperich agreed to meet the “girl.” Klapperich was taken into custody when he went to the meeting location. The District Attorney’s Office says the deputy’s peace officer powers have also been suspended during an internal affairs investigation.

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