The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department has assigned a special investigator to look into the past conduct of former Siskiyou deputy Earl Klapperich, who is facing charges in Butte County.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department has assigned a special investigator to look into the past conduct of former Siskiyou deputy Earl Klapperich, who is facing charges in Butte County.

In a press release dated May 24, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey states, “While [the Butte County] investigation is still underway, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public to determine if anyone, especially young women in any of our communities, encountered inappropriate contacts or behavior of any kind involving Klapperich.”

The 27 year old Klapperich, who has been suspended from the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested May 11 after investigators posing as a 14 year old girl in Chico received inappropriate text messages from Klapperich, according to Butte County law enforcement. He later showed up at a location where he believed the “girl” would be waiting, but was instead arrested by investigators.

He was charged with Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for the Purpose of Engaging in Lewd of Lascivious Behavior. Klapperich was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court June 1.

“Klapperich told investigators his intent in meeting with the girl in Chico was not to have sex with her, but to counsel her,” said Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey in a press release last week.

Klapperich worked for the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department between July 27, 2008 and June 2010.

Klapperich’s undercover work posing as high school student Connor Williams resulted in the arrest of 33 people in the Mt. Shasta and Yreka areas on Jan. 14, 2009, as well as the eventual prosecution of Howard, who was a Mount Shasta City Councilor at the time, for felony possession of marijuana for sale.

In an interview with a Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers reporter after that bust, then 22 year-old Klapperich said one of the trickier things he had to deal with while undercover at the schools was being an adult in the company of underage girls.

“I didn’t socialize out of school, and I created a girlfriend and I tried not to socialize with girls too much,” Klapperich said at that time.

Lopey said all reports and identities of any potential victims will remain confidential, and a special phone number has been established for reporting purposes.  

Should anyone have any information they are asked to contact Detective Pike at (530) 842-8354.