Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
LOS ANGELES SHERIFF’S DEPUTY FACES TRIAL FOR ASSAULTING EX-GIRLFRIEND WITH FIREARM
AFTER POINTING IT IN HIS OWN MOUTH
AND PULLING THE TRIGGER
FULLERTON – A deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) faces trial tomorrow for assaulting an ex-girlfriend with a firearm after accusing her of cheating and violently holding her against her will at gunpoint in her apartment. Sean Paul Delacerda, 27, Fullerton, who was a four-year veteran of LASD at the time of the crime, is charged with one felony count each of assault with a firearm, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence battery. He faces a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If convicted on all counts, Delacerda faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in Department N-13, North Justice Center, Fullerton. The time is to be determined.
On April 18, 2010, Delacerda is accused of entering the home of his ex-girlfriend, Jane Doe, whom he had dated for two months, without the victim’s permission. The victim was not home. When Jane Doe arrived home at approximately 4:00 p.m., the defendant is accused of asking where she had been and accusing of her cheating. He is accused of pulling out a firearm and loading one bullet into the cylinder. Jane Doe became scared and tried to run to the front door, but Delacerda is accused of chasing her, grabbing her by both arms, and keeping her inside. He is accused of forcing the victim to open her e-mail so that he could read them.
When Delarcerda was reading the e-mails, Jane Doe again tried to run to the front door to escape. The defendant is accused of chasing after her, tackling her to the ground, and climbing on top of her. He is accused of covering the victim’s mouth as she screamed. Delarcerda is accused of taking the firearm with one bullet, pointing it in his mouth, and pulling the trigger while still on top of the victim. The firearm clicked but did not fire. The defendant is accused of then pointing the firearm at Jane Doe.
After pointing his firearm at the victim, Delarcerda is accused of dragging Jane Doe to her bedroom and pushing her in a closet. He is accused of returning to her computer to continue reading her e-mails. While the defendant was distracted, Jane Doe was finally able to run outside and get into her car.
Delacerda is accused of running after the victim, trying to open her locked car door, and banging on her window. He is accused of jumping on the hood of her car as she reversed and chasing after her as she drove away. Jane Doe called 911 from her car and the defendant was arrested shortly thereafter leaving the area of the victim’s home.
Deputy District Attorney Sandra Nassar of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.