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Modesto police sergeant arrested on suspicion of sexual molestation

October 23, 2012 |  9:34 am

Robert Hodges, a 15-year veteran with the Modesto Police Department was arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting a female relativeA 15-year veteran with the Modesto Police Department was arrested late Monday on suspicion of sexually molesting a young female relative.

Sgt. Robert Hodges, 40, was taken into custody at his home in Oakdale and booked on suspicion of multiple felony sexual-molestation charges, officials said.

Authorities allege that he molested the girl, who was under 18 at the time of the incident, between 2009 and 2010. None of the incidents occurred while Hodges was on duty or under his authority as a police officer, Modesto police said in a statement.

"I was shocked to learn of the allegations. No person is above the law, and we will professionally investigate criminal complaints, no matter what the occupation of the suspect is," said interim Police Chief Gene Balentine. "We have a high expectation of our employees and will hold them accountable for their actions, whether they are on duty or off duty."

Hodges was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

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-- Fox 40 Sacramento

Photo: Robert Hodges. Credit: Modesto Police Department

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