Police Detective Charged with Having Sex with a Minor

A Long Beach police detective charged with having a sexual relationship with a female juvenile relative has pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in San Bernardino County Court.  Long Beach Police Department Detective Erik Alvarez, 42, is charged with one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts with a child and two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.   The first count stems from an incident that allegedly occurred between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, when the victim was 15, while the remaining counts allegedly occurred in 2010 and 2011.  

The Long Beach Police Department has issued the following statement: The Long Beach Police Department has been informed of the arrest of a LBPD employee and we are taking this matter, as well as any matter of this nature, very seriously. We will work with the Upland Police Department as they are the agency handling the criminal investigation while the Long Beach Police Department will handle the administrative investigation. The employee is currently on unpaid administrative leave, pending the outcome of these investigations.

Alvarez was arrested on April 27, he remains in jail with bail set at $250,000.   He is on unpaid leave with the Long Beach Police Department and may have already been terminated.   

If you have been arrested having sex with a minor or any other sex crime, please contact the Law Offices of David M. Wallin to speak with a Palmdale criminal defense attorney who has combined 50 years of criminal law experience representing thousands of people charged with child molestation.