Simon W. Meyer, 52, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of child molestation and invasion of privacy involving underage victims, which could result in sex offender registration if convicted.
He was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on June 23, according to the District Attorney's Office. It was not immediately clear whether he entered a plea to the charges nor whether he was yet represented by defense counsel.
A firefighter for the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department for the past 21 years, Meyer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal case. He remained in custody as of last week
In response to Meyer's arrest, SMCFD fire marshal Robert Marshall told the Weekly, "The department takes these allegations very seriously, and we will continue to monitor the situation carefully. We are cooperating with the Livermore Police Department in their investigation. We feel strongly that public trust in our staff is of the utmost importance, and will take appropriate action once we know the disposition of the case."
Livermore police said their investigation unfolded on the evening of June 19 when a father called police to report his 14-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old female friend were the victims of an illicit video-recording by the family's neighbor, Detective Ivan Alvarez wrote in a probable cause declaration.
The father reportedly identified Meyer by name over the phone to the police dispatcher.
An officer arrived and interviewed the daughter that evening. She told police that she and her friend went to Meyer's house to go swimming in his pool just after 6 p.m. June 19, saying her friend knew Meyer as a family friend, according to Alvarez.
When the girls said they needed to change into their swimsuits, Meyer allegedly told them to use the master bathroom but he needed to quickly clean it up first. The friends then went into the master bathroom together, but when one started to undress, her friend "saw a cellphone slightly hidden behind a package of toilet paper ... unlocked because it had been recording," Alvarez said.
The girl immediately stopped her friend from undressing, ended the recording, sent the video to herself via AirDrop and then deleted the video from the hidden phone's "recently deleted" folder, according to the detective.
"(Victim one) sent the video to her parents, who subsequently confronted Meyer at his residence. Meyer denied being involved even after they showed him the cellphone footage," Alvarez wrote.
The detective alleges the copied video depicts Meyer handling the cellphone and placing it behind a towel and a hat in an attempt to conceal it before the girls enter the bathroom.
Meyer was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on June 20, according to police, who said they also executed a search warrant at his house in Livermore.
The DA's office charged Meyer with two misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, with special allegations that the victims were under 18 years old, as well as one misdemeanor count of child molestation of two underage girls.
He is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 17, according to prosecutors.
In other news
* A 32-year-old man wanted by San Francisco police as a suspect in two fatal shootings in the Bayview District was located last Saturday in Livermore and arrested.
Ofc. Adam Lobsinger, spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department, said late Saturday afternoon that Robert Newt was located by Livermore police officers earlier in the day and taken into custody.
Newt was wanted in connection with the May 15 shooting of a 61-year-old man, who was shot in the area of 25th and Connecticut streets. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Newt is also a suspect in a separate shooting of two men, also on May 15, in the unit block of Dakota Street. There, police responded to the double shooting to find two victims, ages 49 and 54. Despite life-saving efforts, the 54-year-old victim died from his injuries. The 49-year-old victim was hospitalized and later released.
San Francisco homicide investigators took over both investigations and identified Newt as the suspect in both incidents. Two arrest warrants were issued -- one for murder, and the second for murder and attempted murder. Additionally, Newt had a federal warrant issued for firearms-related charges.
Upon his arrest by Livermore police Saturday, Newt was transported to Santa Rita Jail, where he was booked on his warrants. He will be transported to the custody of the San Francisco County Sheriff's Department at a later date.
Although an arrest was made, San Francisco police said this remains an open investigation.
* A 44-year-old man was arrested last Friday after he led Pleasanton Police Department officers on a chase on Bernal Avenue.
According to PPD, officers located a stolen vehicle in a parking lot located at 6790 Bernal Ave. When officers attempted to contact the driver of the vehicle, the driver fled toward Bernal and drove over concrete parking blocks and through landscaping, causing the vehicle to become disabled on Bernal.
He ran from the scene but was apprehended on the northbound I-680 off-ramp, police said.
The suspect was identified as 44-year-old Darrell Lee Robinson from Oakland. Robinson was booked at Santa Rita Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police, delaying/obstructing a peace officer and for an outstanding felony warrant.
Alameda County Sheriff's officers and the Air Support Unit "ALCO1" assisted with the apprehension.
PPD also noted that, contrary to statements made on social media, no shots were fired during this incident.
* The Pleasanton Police Department is currently accepting applications from Pleasanton students for its 2021 Teen Academy.
The Teen Academy is a three-week program running from July 6-22, with classes held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. Pleasanton youth who are interested in law enforcement are encouraged to apply to the free-of-charge program.
The Teen Academy program aims to grow stronger relationships between the Pleasanton Police Department and local youth, officials said.
Those participating in the program will be educated on law enforcement procedures from police officers, such as patrol procedures, dispatch communications, SWAT, investigations, juvenile traffic issues, evidence collection and K-9 and animal services.
Pleasanton teens interested in applying for the Teen Academy can acquire an application and learn more information through www.cityofpleasantonca.gov. The deadline to apply is this afternoon (July 2).
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