Correctional officer taken into custody, released on bail


Imperial County SheriffEL CENTRO – On August 30, 2013 Imperial County Sheriff’s office investigators received information alleging criminal misconduct by Richard Sotelo, who is currently employed by the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer.

As a result, Sotelo was placed on paid administrative leave and a parallel Administrative Investigation was initiated.


The case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a criminal complaint was approved.


An arrest warrant was issued on December 3, 2013 charging Richard Sotelo with three counts of sexual battery and one count of stalking.

Richard Sotelo was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Investigators without incident. Sotelo was released on a $25,000 bail.