TRUCKEE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - News 4's still receiving a lot of viewer questions about the arrest Tuesday of a California Highway Patrol officer, so we sent the Fact Finder team out to find answers.
Robert Holland of the Truckee branch was picked up on suspicion of engaging in sexual acts with a minor. What's being questioned is CHP doesn't typically investigate these kinds of sex crimes, but when it came to their own officer - they took charge.
A CHP spokesperson says they were handed the investigation of their own officer by the Sierra County Sheriff who felt overwhelmed because of limited resources. Due to the rural area where the alleged crime happened in Sierra County, CHP says they were the only other ones who had jurisdiction - meaning if CHP hadn't taken over - it's possible no charges would have ever been brought forward.
“There was no cities anywhere near it. So the state agency of the highway patrol would handle it,” CHP Spokesperson Scott Loetscher said.
They also brought in outside professional investigators from down the road in Sacramento - people who had never met or worked with the suspect before.