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Jaylen Fleer captured the attention of the media after he was jailed for sexual offences. From a promising baseball player to a convict, his story is a typical example of going from grace to grass. Fleer’s story also serves as a reminder of the complexities and unforeseen turns life can take. It also shows that no one can guarantee your safety, not even law enforcement agents.

As Fleer is currently cooling his heels in prison, these are details of the journey of the former county deputy sheriff.

Who is Jaylen Fleer?

Jaylen Fleer playing baseball

Jaylen Devon Fleer is a former San Diego County Sheriff Deputy. Born in 1993, Fleer attended Santana High School in Santee, where he played baseball with the school team. He graduated in 2011. Fleer also attended Grossmont College, where he also played with the college’s baseball team.

However, he left baseball and became a County Sheriff Deputy, where he served in the sheriff’s jail and court services units.

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What happened to Jaylen Fleer?

Jaylen Fleer in court

In April 2020, San Diego County Crime Stoppers received tips regarding a man who had engaged in sex acts with a juvenile, according to Chula Vista police. The man turned out to be Fleer, who was subsequently removed from a post at San Diego Central Jail where he served for five years and was placed on desk duty.

“Even though the allegation(s) had nothing to do with Fleer’s duties as a deputy, they were so serious that all peace-officer authority was taken away from him,” according to a department statement.

“The Sheriff’s Department takes allegations of illegal activity by its employees very seriously. We hold all our deputies to the highest standards and will hold deputies who violate the law accountable.”

Fleer was arrested and charged with 20 felonies and misdemeanours involving sex acts with an underage girl. Further investigations revealed there were about four victims between the ages of 12 and 14, all referred to as Jane Does to conceal their identities. Prosecutors also claimed Fleer contacted more than 40 others who described themselves as minors. However, investigators were unable to track all of them down to determine if they were minors.

The alleged sex crimes reportedly happened between March 27 and April 8, 2020. During the trial, the prosecutors revealed how Fleer sought out young girls, offered them money to coax them into meeting with him and encouraged the girls to arrange for their young friends to meet him.

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“He spread the net very wide,” Deputy District Attorney Jalyn Wang said, as reported by the Times of San Diego. “He really just tried to reach as many young girls as possible.”

The prosecution also revealed that the victims were too frightened to report the crimes to the police due to Fleer’s position as a law enforcement officer. It also noted that Fleer engaged in unlawful oral copulation with Jane Doe number one, who was 16 years old at the time.

In 2021, Fleer pleaded guilty to all 20 felony and misdemeanour charges. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison with no probation. He would also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Throughout his court hearing, Fleer reportedly displayed a lack of remorse for his actions.

A San Diego County judge, Michael Popkins said, “I have never seen a more despicable set of facts as I’ve seen in this case.”

However, Fleer’s attorney, David Shapiro, asked for leniency.

“He proactively enrolled in treatment… And has completed 46 (therapy) sessions,” said Shapiro, as reported by CBS8. “He has recognized the error of his ways.”

Jaylen Fleer family

Fleer reportedly had a wife and a son whose identities remain unknown as of the time of writing this piece.

Jaylen Fleer age

Fleer was 27 years old when he was sentenced to prison. He is now 30 years old as of 2023.

Where is Jaylen Fleer now

Jaylen Fleer is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence in a state prison.

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