A Modesto Junior College instructor and former reserve Ripon police officer was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of molesting two friends of his teenage daughter, a police spokesman said.
About 9 a.m., Modesto police arrested Francisco "Frank" Jose Drummond, 41, during a staff meeting at Modesto Junior College East Campus, where he taught criminal justice courses, police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen said.
Drummond was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail. By Friday afternoon, he had been released on $75,000 bail. Attempts to reach him or his family were unsuccessful.
He resigned from his job as a reserve Ripon police officer four days after police showed up at his Modesto home to investigate allegations of lewd acts upon the teenage girls.
Drummond worked previously as a police officer in Modesto and Patterson.
Police said Drummond sexually molested two girls, 13 and 15, at his home in the 900 block of Wellesley Avenue.
Investigators believe the girls were molested separately earlier this month. Findlen said the investigation suggests Drummond touched the girls in a sexual way, but police would not release details at the request of the victims and their parents.
Officers were called to investigate the allegation on Saturday night. The investigation continued throughout the week, ending with Drummond's arrest.
Drummond was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14 and lewd and lascivious acts with a 14- or 15-year-old minor. Both charges are felonies.
"With the nature of this case we cannot eliminate the possibility of other victims, however, at this point there is no evidence that indicates there are any other victims," Findlen said.
Drummond was arrested at the MJC east campus, where faculty and staff were gathered to get ready for the upcoming fall semester that starts Monday, said Nick Stavrianoudakis, a spokesman for Yosemite Community College District.
He said Drummond has taught administration of justice courses since 2000, and most of the courses were online. His on-campus courses were taught at the east campus on College Avenue.
After his arrest, Drummond was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his legal proceedings, Stavrianoudakis said.
He said Drummond is not allowed on campus, has turned in his keys to campus rooms, does not have access to school records and will not be teaching his courses scheduled for the fall semester.
"The allegations are serious, and we've done our part in removing him from campus," Stavrianoudakis said. "We're waiting for the legal process to run its course."
He said district officials were looking for alternate instructors to teach Drummond's courses, and his fall courses will not be canceled.
Drummond was honored in 2003 as a distinguished faculty member at MJC. His courses at the college involved teaching students about conducting criminal investigations, which included finding evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and writing reports.
Modesto police detectives advised officials at MJC and Ripon police of the circumstances surrounding Drummond's criminal case.
On Wednesday, Drummond submitted his resignation from the Ripon Police Department, where he had worked as a reserve officer since May 2004.
"During his time with the department we did not receive any allegations of on-duty misconduct regarding Mr. Drummond," Ripon police spokesman Lt. Ed Ormonde said in a news release. "The Ripon Police Department has cooperated fully with the Modesto Police Department since being informed of this investigation."
Ormonde said Ripon police are conducting an internal review to ensure there are no unreported allegations or incidents of on-duty misconduct by Drummond.
Findlen said Drummond worked for Modesto police from February 1994 to August 2000. He said Drummond worked as a full-time patrol officer and was never assigned to work as a school resource officer.
Information about Drummond's work as a police officer in Patterson was not available.
In April 1991, Drummond was honored as officer of the year for his work in Patterson by the Modesto Civitan Club. He was one of a group of officers who were given the Officer of the Year plaques.
The honored officers were nominated by their chiefs at the 12 Stanislaus County law enforcement agencies, often on the recommendation of the other officers in their departments.
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