CHP Officer Arrested On Molestation Charges

DAVIS (CBS13) – A CHP officer has been arrested on a number of molestation allegations against two children under age 14, according to Yolo County officials.

Officer Justin Prentice Morejohn turned himself in to authorities at the Yolo County Jail at 10 a.m. Thursday after the Davis Police Department issued a $1 million warrant on 10 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old.

Authorities said the accusations against Morejohn involve at least two different victims, the youngest of whom was 10 years old when the abuse began. The alleged crimes first took place 1999 and lasted for three years, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation began about five months ago after one of the alleged victims came forward last summer, authorities said.

Morejohn has been an officer with the California Highway Patrol since October 2007 and was assigned to the Capitol in 2010. He is on unpaid leave, according to CHP officials.

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