A California Highway Patrol officer has been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual misconduct with two teenage girls.
Forty-four-year-old Robert Stephano of Joshua Tree was arrested Friday in Twentynine Palms. He was booked for allegedly committing lewd and lascivious acts with a 14-year-old girl and communicating with and arranging to meet a minor to commit a sex crime.
Investigators with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say the second alleged victim was 17.
They allege Stephano solicited minors for sex as far back as 2010.
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Stephano is being held on $250,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
The Sheriff's Department says Stephano is a 12-year CHP veteran who worked out of the Morongo Bay Station. Authorities say he also volunteered with a softball league and church youth groups.