|Robert "Mike" French|
By Laurie Cipriano
DOUGLAS COUNTY - A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy has been fired after being tied to a child sex exploitation investigation, 9Wants to Know has learned.
The sheriff's office said investigators received information about inappropriate text messages involving a juvenile last week. Investigators determined a deputy was alleged to be involved.
The investigation does not currently involve the direct involvement of other deputies, 9Wants to Know has also learned.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office identified him as Robert "Mike" French. He was taken into custody and posted a $50,000 bond.
On Monday, French's employment with DCSO was terminated for department policy violations and alleged criminal conduct.
- So much for innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!
French faces two charges of sexual exploitation of a child. The first arresting charge is for causing, inducing, enticing or permitting a child to engage in, or to be used for, any explicit sexual conduct for the making of any sexually exploitative material.
The second arresting charge is for possessing or controlling any sexually exploitative material.
French was arrested early Saturday morning, Hanavan said. Originally, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the deputy was arrested Friday night.
French is scheduled to be back in court March 15. He is expected to formally learn the charges against him at that court hearing.
French worked in Support Services for the sheriff's office. Support Services includes areas such as dispatch, information technology and civil, which serves court papers.
His current assignment did not include working with children.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office confirmed French was housed in Arapahoe County Saturday as a courtesy to Douglas County.