A Riverside County Juvenile Hall employee is facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with an underage detainee, court papers show today.
Elizabeth Zarate Nolan, 39, of Indio is charged with three counts each of oral copulation with a person under 18, forcible rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; six counts of unlawful intercourse with a minor; and two counts of forcible oral copulation — all felonies.
She is due in court Oct. 4 for arraignment at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. The state Attorney General’s Office, which filed the charges on Thursday, is handling the case because Nolan is married to a Riverside County prosecutor.
Nolan, who was based in Indio, was arrested May 27 and freed on $50,000 bail.
Indio police received a report in May alleging that Nolan was sexually involved with a juvenile inmate, according to Ben Guitron of the Indio Police Department.
Nolan allegedly performed sex acts on the youth between June 2009 and March of this year, when the detainee was both in and out of custody in Riverside County, Guitron said.
Investigators served a search warrant inside Nolan’s home and vehicle, according to Guitron.
She was placed on administrative leave, according to Alan Crogan, chief probation officer for Riverside County.