Oroville, Ca—In April, 2014, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by the Chico Police Department (CPD) advising that they were investigating the allegation of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, a violation 288(a) of the Penal Code. CPD further advised that Thomas Michael Sylvia, age 37, was a suspect in the case. CPD was making this notification because Sylvia was employed by BCSO, and assigned to the courts as a bailiff. BCSO advised CPD they would cooperate with the investigation in any manner necessary.
In May 2014, CPD advised their investigation had focused on Sylvia. At that point, Sylvia was removed from his duties at BCSO, and placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the criminal investigation.
On November 10th, after obtaining additional evidence, CPD arrested Sylvia pursuant to an arrest warrant and booked him into the Butte County Jail. Sylvia was housed in another Northern California jail in order to ensure his safety.
At this time, Sylvia remains on administrative leave; however, BCSO is working diligently to complete the internal affairs investigation that was launched so that appropriate action can be taken.
Questions related to the criminal case are being referred to the District Attorney’s Office.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox