NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was arrested Wednesday after allegedly groping a 12-year-old girl in Newport Beach a month ago, officials said Thursday.
Jacob Daniel Carothers, 38, of San Jacinto, was charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography and two felony counts of a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said.
Carothers fled the scene on his bike and was found by police in a nearby alley. An investigation found that he had a significant amount of pornographic photos and videos in his possession depicting children, officials said.
He was arrested Wednesday by Newport Beach Police detectives who had a warrant out for him. Carothers has worked as a federal firefighter for the last 16 years.