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Lompoc police officer on leave following arrest

He's facing domestic violence and sexual battery charges
Lompoc police
Posted at 5:15 PM, May 02, 2022

UPDATE: Defense Attorney Michael Scott is representing Officer Mauricio Calderon.

Scott says that Calderon’s arrest took place at his office after he had fully cooperated, provided a detailed explanation to detectives and denied in his interview any criminal conduct.

“It is our hope, now that Mr. Calderon has provided his statement, that the District Attorney will decline to file any charges as Mr. Calderon committed no crime,” Scott said.
ORIGINAL STORY: A Lompoc police officer is on administrative leave following his arrest last month.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirms Lompoc Police Officer Mauricio Calderon was arrested on the afternoon of April 21 in Santa Maria on suspicion of felony domestic violence and sexual battery.

The sheriff’s office says he posted $50,000 bond just after 9 p.m. that night and was released from custody.

A court date was set for June 22, although an open case is not yet listed for him on the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s website.

Lompoc Police Chief Joseph Mariani also confirmed Calderon's arrest, saying that due to the ongoing criminal and administrative investigation against the officer, the department is unable to comment.

However, Chief Mariani did say that Calderon is on administrative leave while his case is ongoing.

The Lompoc Police Officers Association has not responded to KSBY's request for comment

Calderon has been with the Lompoc Police Department for more than 12 years.