Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/08/2011 05:36:36 PM PDT

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl no longer works for the department, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Former Highland deputy Nathan Gastineau, 30, of Redlands, was arrested April 22 after allegations that he had sex with the girl, a member of the Highland police Explorer post he led.

Gastineau is no longer an employee of the Sheriff’s Department, effective Wednesday, said spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

Bachman could not comment on whether Gastineau retired or was fired, saying that information is part of his confidential personnel file.

The San Benardino County District Attorney’s Office had not yet filed charges against Gastineau as of Wednesday afternoon, said spokeswoman Susan Mickey.

Gastineau was the first of two deputies to be arrested on suispicion of having sexual relationships with underage Explorers in a two-week period.

Victorville deputy Anthony Benjamin, 30, was arrested May 5 and accused of conducting sex acts with a 17-year-old Explorer while on duty in his patrol car.

Benjamin was still employed by the department as of Wednesday afternoon but is still on unpaid administrative leave, Bachman said.

Benjamin has not yet been charged by the District Attorney’s Office, Mickey said. He is out on bail.

Sheriff Rod Hoops said in May that the entire Explorer program would be reviewed and overhauled after news surfaced of Benjamin’s alleged
relationship with the 17-year-old girl.

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