SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY -- A Stanislaus County Child Services Attorney is accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover deputy — posing as a child.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office says Jeffrey Drabin turned himself in Thursday and bailed out the same day.
It was Drabin’s job to protect children and now, the Stanislaus County child services attorney is accused of trying to hurt them.
FOX40 spoke to Criminal Defense Attorney Tai Bogan about the case. He is not representing Drabin but weighs in on what may happen next.
“Even if he is not charged with a crime, he could still face bar discipline depending what the findings may be,” Bogan said.
Investigators say the attorney sent explicit messages then set up a meeting to have sex with a child.
Deputy Andrea Lopez, spokesperson for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, says Drabin never followed through with the meeting and is now facing a misdemeanor.
“In these investigations, the detective acting as a minor, is very clear in telling the suspect that they are a minor,” Lopez said.
Lopez says the lawyer turned himself in Thursday and bailed out the same day.
A spokesperson with Stanislaus County says that Drabin has been put on leave but declined to comment further, citing personnel issues.
Drabin is now represented by Kirk McAllister who said, “We’ve begun our defense investigation with the goal of proving his innocence. I’m confident that at the conclusion of our investigation we’ll be able to show that no crime was committed.”
The deputy says this is still an ongoing investigation.
FOX40 left several voicemails in an attempt to reach Drabin but has yet to hear back from him.