VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. --
A Ventura County Sheriff's deputy was arrested for child molestation after he surrendered to authorities Sunday. Thomas Triplett, 40, Camarillo
, was arrested for child molestation and oral copulation with a person under the age of 18.
Triplett was a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's department.
Detectives believe the crimes happened over a period of several years.
The deputy's bail was set at $500,000.
Triplett was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.