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Former Cerritos Sheriff's Deputy Gets Probation for Teen Explorer Sex Case

The 10-year veteran pleaded no contest to sex with a 16-year-old girl enrolled in the station's Explorer Program.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who oversaw the Explorer Program at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station has been sentenced to three years probation and 200 hours of community service on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old girl enrolled in the program.

Manuel Enrique Perallon Jr., 36, pleaded no contest to one count of oral copulation of a person under 18 on July 27, according to the Deputy District Attorney.

Perallon must also undergo six months of sexual offenders counseling and pay restitution -- the amount of which will be determined upon completion of his probation. The former sheriff's deputy is also required to register as a sex offender.  

At the time of the incident -- which occurred between April 29, 2011 and May 1, 2011 -- the 10-year veteran was working at the Cerritos Station, where he met the girl through the Explorer Program.

The department launched an investigation into the allegation last year and Perallon was relieved of duty with pay in August 2011.

What Is the Sheriff's Explorers Program?

The LASD's Law Enforcement Explorer Program began in 1969 to help "create new inroads of understanding between youth, law enforcement, and the general citizenry." Deputy Explorers not only help represent the sheriff's department and individual stations in the community, they also receive extensive training and actively participate in community affairs and non-hazardous law enforcement activities.

Deputy Explorers from the Cerritos Sheriff's Station are extremely visible and active in the community, often helping represent the department at community events and programs throughout the city. Most recently, the Explorers assisted Cerritos deputies in promoting the bi-annual Neighborhood Watch Town Hall meeting by going door to door to speak to area residents. 

Rodger Higgins November 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The sentence is wrong. He, as an educated sheriff knows better and should have been sentenced to prison, made to pay back the wages received from August until April, loss of all retirement privledges and made to register as a sex offender. What he received was a virtual slap on the wrist.
Robert Perry November 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
All Men should pay attention! Teens althought they are sexual with each other, you cannot touch them. Young girls" is pretty bright and affectionete. You are not equals. They are not littlle adults. You risk your life, career. Marrage, Kid futures. reputation for life. Over a pretty face & raging hormonse. And a few moments of pleasure.
Sam Izera November 02, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I think his 3 year probation sentence was too harsh. After all, look at the good he did for the sheriff's department with all the other kids he probably did not molest. Like the dog who is allowed one free bite before he is considered dangerous, this deputy should have been allowed to keep his job, but his supervisor should have been required to monitor him to prevent future molestations. Just where is the judge's sense of fair play? Law enforement officers deserve a free pass because there are so many civilians who break the law that are stopped by the deputies.
Pat Pacheco November 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Are you kidding me? You think a 3 year probation is TOO much? Do you feel comfortable having your child in that program? Never mind if it was consensual what about the fact that he was her boss, that is sexual harrassment.
The Cerritosian November 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
That is crazy talk @Izera! He is a person who is entrusted with our public safety and the well being of our community. Sheriffs are not here to make romantic/sexual advances on our children. Albeit, it takes two to tango, but he definitely knew better. You must not have any children Izera.
rbart November 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This is an outrage. Probation is a joke as is sam izara.
Norma Jean Almodovar November 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
And yet Prop 35 would send people to prison for LIFE for even being associated with an underage prostitute- regardless of whether or not sex was involved... meanwhile cops who actually HAVE sex with minors get PROBATION - as do cops who rape prostitutes (Daniel Dana, San Diego, sentenced in August 2012 to PROBATION for RAPE). Well, we can't put these nice officers in prison because the prison are overcrowded to make room for the non violent, non abusive people who may receive money from a consenting adult prostitute who pays her rent, gives money to her family - and did NOT file a complaint against that person... You really want to put the lives of vulnerable people in the hands of men like this???????? Vote NO on Prop 35!
stabuintheface November 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Wow!! So it's now a misdemeanor to sleep with underage girls. I guess she had it coming..
Mary November 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Probation? Are u kidding me? If he had been a teacher at LAUSD his picture would have been on TV. He would have been fired immediately. He knew better. For crying out loud he was in charge of this children program. Kids trusted him, and he took advantage of this young girl. Even if she agreed she's a minor and he's an adult. There's excuse!
Cop Hater November 07, 2012 at 11:50 AM
And they keep on telling us cops are not above the law! What would he get if he was not a cop??? A hell of a lot more!
Kobe Da Rott November 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Hell NO he didn't receive JUSTICE, this is just more proof the courts are just as corrupt as the police. Private prisons are for citizens who do minor offenses like a gram of weed while Corporations like Wells Fargo is busted with 376.4 billion dollars worth of drug transactions from the Mexican Drug Cartel even caught with the planes and drugs and NOT ONE single CEO spent a day in jail, even with most of the drugs already distributed throughout the USA in 2011 and here we have a SICK child molester who got vacation pay while being charged with a felony and he gets PROBATION? Wanna bet what the average male citizen would get? 20 years? Lose his job at the point of being arrested unable to pay mortgage, food, bills while this criminal lives it up. America has turned in to Nazi NWO with corruption all the way up to the Pr4esident covering up Fast and Furious, This Country is PATHETIC
Kobe Da Rott November 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Free Pass? There is NO such thing as a good cop, Given the opportunity they would all have joined in in the brutal murder of Kelly Thomas or Milton Hall, If 6 cops beat an innocent unarmed man to death and 12 stand back and watch, Where is the good cop? Police brutality is over the top and being reported with 20 different cases everyday while America is going bankrupt, losing their homes, jobs all for banker bailouts and the police are bought and paid for by the bankers all while this country is on the verge of civil war, Cops are antagonizing people trying to initiate civil unrest, You do NOT want US citizens coming out of their homes exercising their 2nd Amendment. This cop should still be in the intensive care unit, where is this girls father? He should be in jail for protecting his daughter. Good thing Dick Cheney and members of Congress have stocks in the Van Guard Group profiting off innocent civilians locked up. Law enforcement gang cartel deserve public death penalty for crimes like this. You are a pathetic scum bag for standing with this criminal and if you are a cop, People are waking up at an astonishing rate as guns sales have been up since the National Defense Authorization Act Passed this year and even more so when Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told Congress he takes his orders from NATO and the United Nations an act of HIGH TREASON 2012
Norma December 12, 2012 at 06:01 AM
it was CONSENSUAL. She wanted it and he wanted it, and they continued to be sexual to eachother until someone told. The funny part is that she didn't get in trouble for what she did because she was a minor. Mindblowing how she still is there rising to the tops.
ronda hampton January 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Norma - at what age would you have a problem with a grown man having sex with a minor? How about 15? 14? 13? 12? 11? - how low would you go? He was an adult and knew that he was entrusted with protecting this child, not taking advantage of her naivete and innocence. This may have just been the only time he got caught. He is a pedophile period and should have been administered a much harsher punishment as he is not only an adult but also a mandated reporter. This idiot is supposed to take reports of child abuse such as this not create the incident. Unbelievable!!!

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