Utah County deputy arrested over Arizona child-molestation charge

(Photo courtesy Utah County Sheriff's Office) Gerald Salcido

A Utah County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after being accused of molesting a child, officials said Friday.

Gerald Salcido, 63, was booked into jail Friday on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor and at least one count of child molestation, all felonies, according to a news release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

“The charges in Maricopa County stem from allegations before Salcido was employed with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office,” the release states. Salcido has been a Utah County deputy for the past 14 years. He is on unpaid administrative leave, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

He was employed with another police agency before Utah County Sheriff’s Office hired him, according to the release.

He is to be extradited to Maricopa County, Ariz.

Salcido is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.