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SDPD Sergeant accused of soliciting sex with minor found dead after failed court appearance

A San Diego Police Sergeant accused of soliciting sex with a minor was found dead after failing to show up for court Monday.

Joseph Ruvido, 49, was absent from his arraignment Monday, forcing a judge to issue a bench warrant and revoking his bail of $100,000.

According to police, Ruvido was found dead around 4:25 p.m. as officers conducted a welfare check at his Carmel Valley home.

Ruvido was charged Monday with two felony counts of arranging a meeting with a minor with sexual intent and one count of attempted lewd acts on a minor between the ages of 14 and 15.

The prosecutor won't provide details citing the ongoing investigation, but says the acts were committed July 6th.

Police arrested Ruvido at his home in Carmel Valley on July 26th, two days after getting a Crime Stoppers tip.

Ruvido was assigned to the SDPD Watch Commander's Office, approving reports and and bookings. Before that, Ruvido was a patrol sergeant with the department's Eastern division, according to SDPD Chief David Nisleit. He'd been with the department for 21 years.

Ruvido was suspended without pay during the investigation.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim or has any additional information they are encouraged to reach out to police at 619-531-2480 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


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