CHP Officer on Administrative Leave Faces Charges for Raping a Minor
Photo: Brian Watkins
FREMONT — A California Highway Patrol officer now on administrative leave has been charged with having unlawful sex with a minor. The victim was allegedly raped while the officer was still working for the CHP but off duty.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed charges this week against officer Brian Watkins, 34 of Fremont. Watkins was arrested last week on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual assault.
Fremont police began investigating Watkins in July, after receiving a report of alleged sexual misconduct involving a teenage girl. The CHP fully cooperated with Fremont police in this ongoing investigation.
The alleged sex crimes started when the girl was 16 years old and continued for some time. These illicit activities are believed to have occurred primarily within Fremont.
Fremont police claim Watkins continued having sex with the girl, despite learning that he was being investigated for it. Recent developments in the case led detectives to arrest Watkins this month.
Fremont detectives arrested Watkins on February 6 at 5:45 p.m. Watkins was taken into custody at the Washington Hospital campus, located at 2000 Mowry Avenue.
Mowry was booked on suspicion at the Fremont Police Detention Facility. He was charged February 10, the same day his case was presented to the county D.A. His charges are rape by a foreign object, and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
These charges relate to incidents that occurred on September 23, November 19 and November 26, all during 2018.
Fremont detectives are continuing to investigate whether there may have been additional victims. Anyone with information can call Fremont police detective Tony Holguin at 510-790-6900 or email Aholguin@fremont.gov.