On August 9, 2014 a Tahoe Basin resident reported to The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office that her fourteen year old son had been receiving inappropriate sexual text and Facebook messages from a twenty-two year old male. The youth and adult had met at a camp in Tuolumne County in July of 2014. The adult had served as a camp staff member assigned as the boy’s Cabin Leader. Following the boys return to his home in El Dorado County the two had communicated via text and Facebook.
When the child’s mother detected that the communications had changed from innocent to inappropriate and sexual she contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol Deputies out of the South Lake Tahoe Station conducted an investigation, and on August 11, 2014 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Brandon Moe of Sonora, Tuolumne County, CA. The warrant alleges a violation of California Penal Code Section 288.2(a)(1) – Distribution or Exhibition of Lewd Material to a Minor. Bail was set by the court at $1,000,000.00
Due to the facts of this case, and the employment of the suspect as a cabin leader at an overnight youth camp, the decision was made to dispatch El Dorado County Deputy Sheriffs to respond without delay to Sonora, Tuolumne County, join with Tuolumne County Deputies, and serve both the arrest warrant and search warrant. With the assistance of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office this was accomplished by late afternoon on August 11th. Brandon Moe was transported to the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe where he was booked and is currently being held.
Sgt. Michael Seligsohn