VISTA, Calif. – A 10-year San Diego Sheriff’s Department employee has been arrested for groping a 14-year-old girl at a North County restaurant this year.
Timothy Wilson Jr., a 32-year-old Vista detention center deputy, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of felony lewd act on a child for the March 21 incident. Wilson is accused of groping a 14-year-old girl waiting in line at the Panda Express at 20 Main Street.
Another San Diego Sheriff’s Department employee recognized Wilson in surveillance footage from the restaurant released this month and reported him to investigators, according to San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore.
After reviewing the footage and conducting witness interviews, the department arrested Wilson and placed him on unpaid administrative leave, Gore added.
“I am deeply disappointed with Mr. Wilson’s conduct but proud of the men and women of this department who do not tolerate criminal acts in the community or within their own ranks,” Gore said.
Deputies are now in the process of conducting a thorough investigation.