By Kim Minugh
The on-call Sacramento County sheriff's deputy accused of picking up a 13-year-old girl he met on duty and having sex with her in a Lincoln hotel is no longer employed by the Sheriff's Department, authorities said today.
Sheriff John McGinnness confirmed that Eric Cephus (photo left), who remains in custody in Placer County, resigned from the Sheriff's Department on Friday.
Lincoln police arrested the 39-year-old Cephus on March 2 at his San Jose home. He was arraigned two days later on one felony count each of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and transporting a person for a sex act.
Cephus was working a contract shift for a north Sacramento County parks district - meaning he was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, but his work was paid for by the parks district - the night of Feb. 26 when he allegedly met his victim.
After his shift ended, Cephus and the girl allegedly drove to a Lincoln hotel and had sex. Police have not said whether the sex was forced or whether Cephus paid the victim.
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