Child Molestation Arrest

For Immediate Release

Detective Sergeant Dan Johnson

On June 3rd, 2016 the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an inappropriate relationship between an adult male and a female juvenile in our community. An extensive investigation was undertaken by both Patrol Deputies and Sheriff’s Detectives. The suspect was identified as 24 year old Nathan E. Creel of Cameron Park. It was learned that Creel worked at a retail establishment where the victim was a customer.

The investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Creel for 288 (C) (1) PC, lewd and lascivious acts with a child at least 10 years younger than the suspect. On the morning of June 23rd, 2016 Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Creel on the above arrest warrant without incident. Further investigation was conducted and Creel was booked on a second charge of 288 (C) (1) PC as well as a charge of 286 (B) (2) PC, sodomy with a victim under 16 years of age.

It should be noted that Creel has worked at retail establishments focusing on sports nutrition in both Folsom and Cameron Park. Persons with information about Creel or potential additional victims are encouraged to call Detective Anthony Prencipe at (530) 642-4709, reference case EG16-4855. Creel is currently being held at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville on 200,000 dollars bail. Creel’s booking photo is displayed below.

Nathan Creel Booking Photo

Nathan Creel

Operation Dry Water 2016


For immediate release


El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office encourages boaters to
take the pledge to never boat under the influence

El Dorado County, California (June 24-June 26 2016) Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States*. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, through its support of Operation Dry Water (ODW), is hoping to help change that statistic and encourages boaters to take the pledge at to never boat under the influence.

Operation Dry Water’s mission is to raise awareness among recreational boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence. With alcohol use remaining the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, the goal of the Operation Dry Water campaign is to change the cultural acceptance of drinking and boating and help boaters have safe and fun recreational boating experiences.

  • Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
  • Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion —“stressors” common to the boating environment— intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications.
  • Alcohol is dangerous for passengers, too. Intoxication can cause slips, falls over board, and other dangerous accidents.

Boaters can take the pledge and find information about boating under the influence at

Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.



(*) Source:  U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2014

**Update** Search and Rescue Operation for Missing Cameron Park Teenager

For Immediate Release

Lieutenant Jim Byers


Search and Rescue Operation for Missing Cameron Park Teenager

Today, June 23rd, 2016, starting at 5:00 am, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team conducted another extensive search for 15 year old Joshua Joo in the area of the Cosumnes River Gorge, taking advantage of improved conditions, as the high water conditions teams had been experiencing over the past weeks had dramatically declined over the past 24 hours, exposing more areas to search in the river.

At 10:40 am, divers located the body of Joshua Joo in an area that previously was unsearchable due to high water.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office extends our condolences to the Joo family and asks that you respect their privacy in this time of sorrow and grief.