Arrest of High School Teacher

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Eric Palmberg

On Wednesday January 13, 2021, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the staff of Union Mine High School regarding criminal activity with one of their staff.  It was found that a teacher, Ryan Pullen, was in possession of a video depicting students in various stages of undress.  An investigation began immediately with EDSO Student Resource Officers (SRO’s) and Detectives, which culminated in the arrest of Ryan during a search warrant on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Ryan has been booked into the El Dorado County Jail for Possession of Child Pornography, Eavesdropping, and Child Endangerment.  

EDSO Detectives are reviewing the video to identify the victims and they will contact them individually. This is still an active investigation as we process evidence from the search warrant. We want to thank Union Mine High School and the El Dorado Union High School District for their diligence and assistance with this investigation. 

The Sheriff’s Message

For Immediate Release

As your elected Sheriff I want to address any citizen concerns regarding potential unlawful protests and violence stemming from next week’s Presidential inauguration.  I want to send a clear and unwavering message to the residents and visitors of El Dorado County.  Your Sheriff’s Office will continue to vehemently support and defend an individual’s constitutional rights to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.   Concurrently, I and my deputies will uphold the law and we will not tolerate any violence or insurrection from any individual or group as a result of these events, regardless of their affiliation.

Your Sheriff’s Office is prepared for any potential violence.  The Sheriff’s Office maintains relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who will assist in the event any additional resources are needed to uphold the law in El Dorado County.  Be assured the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is prepared and has the resources necessary to keep our communities safe while exercising their Constitutional Rights, as well as the ability to take enforcement on any person or group that chooses to resort to violence or criminal activity in El Dorado County.

In 2020, we survived a challenging and confusing time in our county, our state, and our nation.   We have all experienced this adversity not alone, but together as a community.  Our history has shown that we can accomplish great things if we work towards common goals.  Although 2021 will undoubtedly come with new challenges, I am confident we all will continue our pursuit of building a thriving and wonderful community.    The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to service and building a community which we can all enjoy together.

Your Sheriff,

John D’Agostini

EDSO Response to Curfew Order

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Eric Palmberg

On November 19, 2020, The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for the State of California.  The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is aware and will not be enforcing this curfew order.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies will not be determining compliance with, or enforcing the compliance of, any health order related to this curfew.  The Sheriff’s Office will not prevent Thanksgiving activities, maximum occupancies, or mask wearing mandates at social gatherings within the County of El Dorado.  Calls received by The Sheriff’s Office regarding enforcement of any COVID related  orders will be referred to the El Dorado County Department of Public Health at 530-621-6100. 

We will still address reports of criminal activity related to public safety and our El Dorado County citizens.  The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will continue to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.