|Agency||Los Angeles County California Sheriff's Department|
|Last Known Status||Administrative Leave|
2006 Child Sexual Assault
In 2006, Essex was accused of sexual assault by a young girl.
Essex was not charged in the case at the time.
2013-2022 Child Sexual Assaults
Essex was living with his romantic partner, a woman who had three daughters.
In 2022, Essex was accused of sexual assault by the three daughters, who ranged in age from from 7 to 13, over a period of six years.
Even after the couple had broken up, Essex would pick up the girls individually in his patrol car and abuse them.
In 2018, Essex was investigated by the Internal Affairs Division. After the investigation, Essex's bonus pay was removed. Sources do not explicitly state that the investigation was related to child abuse.
On April 8, 2022, Essex was arrested.
On August 9, 2022, Essex was charged with 18 counts of oral copulation of a child, 12 counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, and one count of possession of material depicting a child sex act. The charges include the assaults against the three sisters and the girl from 2006. Essex faces multiple life sentences if convicted.
Essex was placed on administrative leave without pay.
- Sean Essex, Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County, govSalaries
- Scott Schwebke, LA County commission blasts Sheriff’s Department over misinformation about deputy charged with sex crimes, Los Angeles Daily News, 2022-09-01
- Prosecutors declined to charge the deputy for sex crimes. Years later, he is accused of abusing three sisters, newstimes.org, 2022-08