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Sheriff's deputy charged with child molestation

Alleged abuse of young relative reportedly took place in Mountain View, Morgan Hill

A San Mateo County sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with molesting an underage female relative, a deputy district attorney said Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Galen Underwood, 40, was arrested last Wednesday night at his Gilroy home after a teenage relative told a school counselor that he had sexually abused her over the course of several years, starting she was under 14, Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott said. The alleged abuse reportedly took place in Mountain View and Morgan Hill.

Underwood, who has worked for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office since January 2005, has since been charged with seven felony counts stemming from the alleged abuse, Scott said.

The charges are three counts of continuous abuse of a child between the ages of 11 and 13, and one count each of oral copulation on a person under 16, rape by foreign object, lewd acts on a child and penetration of a family member, Scott said.

Underwood appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday but did not enter a plea. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 15, Scott said.

A spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Underwood has been placed on paid administrative leave.

His most recent assignment had been working in South County Patrol, predominantly in unincorporated areas around Menlo Park and North Fair Oaks, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Underwood is being held in Santa Clara County Jail on $2 million bail.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

"... placed on PAID administrative leave".??? Fine and dandy, but IF-AND-WHEN he is CONVICTED of the crime, he should have to PAY BACK the "administrative leave" $$$ that he is basically STEALING since he KNOWS he's guilty as hell ... otherwise, this scumbag GETS PAID HIS NORMAL SALARY while he draws out his trial ... is the San Mateo Sheriff's office just protecting one of it's own? (I know - it's shocking, but cops DO cover not only their OWN @sses but the @sses of all their cop buddies) ...


Posted by uhhh, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Gee Mark. Why not show up at the jail with pitchforks and torches? Shouldn't he be presumed innocent until a judicial outcome?


Posted by Hmm, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I for one do not believe in hearsay, especially coming from a 14 yr old child. Lot of them are just emotional and want to hurt people with their words of make believe, yes lies. Unless there is hard evidence, i'm not convinced.


Posted by timo, a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

If he's guilty then he deserves all the bad things that are in his future. If he's not guilty his life is still ruined and his career is over and what happens to the girl who started this thing? Does she get charged with a crime? We'll have to wait and find out. She sure waited long enough to come forward. Say a prayer for both of them


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