Deputy charged in domestic dispute returns to work

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 02:41:21 PM PDT

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy suspected of beating his girlfriend in Beaumont and then holding police at bay before his arrest returned to work at the Sheriff’s Department less than a week after the incident.

Alfredo Lopez, 32, was released Sept. 22 from Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and was cleared to come back to work late last week, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. He is assigned to Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

“Our policy does not prohibit an employee from working during the legal process,” Bachman said. “In this case, we understand he’s facing misdemeanor charges.”

Beaumont police received a call at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 18 regarding a domestic dispute in the 1300 block of Bird of Paradise Court. Lopez fled the residence by the time officers arrived.
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Preliminary hearing delayed for former deputy

A preliminary hearing for former San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gastineau was postponed this morning until November so attorneys can have more time to review evidence.

Gastineau, 30, of Redlands, is charged with three counts of committing lewd acts with a minor and three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. He is accused of having sex with a teen police Explorer.

His Redlands-based attorney, Andrew Haynal, asked San Bernardino Superior Court Judge John Martin for a continuance because he just received additional discovery or evidence in the case.

Gastineau is scheduled to return to court Nov. 1 to determine if the case is ready for a preliminary hearing Nov. 3.

Read more about Gastineau at www.sbsun.com