An ex-Riverside cop who molested a teenage relative was sentenced today to a year in jail and five years probation.
Anthony Wayne “Rod” Fletcher, 39, was convicted Oct. 18 of three felony counts of lewd acts on a child and three misdemeanor counts of annoying a minor.
He faced more than 10 years in state prison, but Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz found that a lesser sentence was warranted based on the circumstances.
Fletcher was charged last December after the victim alleged he had repeatedly fondled her, according to Deputy District Attorney Mike Carney.
“He would come into her room and feel her breasts while he thought she was sleeping,” the prosecutor said.
Fletcher, a 15-year law enforcement veteran, nine of which were spent at the Riverside Police Department, molested the victim for roughly a year, according to Carney.
He said the girl revealed her secret after she heard her mother express suspicions that the defendant was having an affair.
The couple have since divorced.
Fletcher, who had been a rangemaster, providing firearms training to officers, was fired from the police department soon after charges were filed.
Carney said most of the prosecution’s case hinged on the victim’s credibility.
“However, another part of the evidence was his actions of fleeing the county after finding out about the allegations,” the prosecutor said.
Fletcher “impulsively” phoned in his resignation to a supervisor and drove north for a day before being talked into returning to Riverside, Carney said.
He said trial witnesses included several of Fletcher’s former colleagues, who testified the ex-cop had made incriminating statements regarding his behavior.