Michael Joslin, a 35-year-old police officer, has just been taken into custody under the suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor.

The California Highway Patrol officer first became a suspect of interest when a local pastor reported him. The pastor told authorities that a child member of his congregation had confided in him about a sexual assault by a member of the police force. The pastor reported the abuse as soon as he learned about it, but investigators later discovered the abuse had been occurring for at least a year.

Joslin is being charged with lewd acts with a child under 14, rape, oral copulation with a minor under 14 and continuous sexual abuse of a child among other charges. A California Highway Patrol spokesman confirmed that Joslin had been employed with the department at the time of his arrest, but he is no longer an employee of the police force. The Commander of the California Highway Patrol, Lt. Todd Brown, explained that the abusive incidents all occurred while the officer was off-duty. The department is currently investigating the allegations.

The young victim’s identity is being protected and will not be made public at this time. An Emergency Protective Order has been issued for both the 12-year-old victim and members of her immediate family who reported the abuse to the pastor. Although the victim and suspect were not family members, Joslin had resided with and had recurring access to the young victim in her home. Thus far, Joslin has pleaded “not guilty” to all allegations against him.