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Paid-Call Firefighter Arrested For Alleged Lewd Acts With a Child

TRONA, Calif. (VVNG.com)– A 39-year-old paid-call San Bernardino County Fire Fighter from Trona has been arrested for lewd acts with a child, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday.

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Sheriff’s Detectives received information regarding an inappropriate relationship between Edwin Michael Funke and a 14-year-old female.

“Detectives contacted the victim and she disclosed that Funke sexually assaulted her at his home in Trona on several occasions in 2016,” stated sheriff’s officials in a press release.

Detectives from Trona Station and the Crimes Against Children Detail conducted an investigation and Funke was arrested on March 14, 2017.

Funke was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for violation of PC 288a(b)(1); Oral Copulation and PC 288(c)(1) Lewd Acts with a Child with bail set at $50,000.

“Mr. Funke is an active Paid-Call Firefighter at Station 57 in Trona. Due to his recent arrest, Mr. Funke has been suspended pending the outcome of the criminal allegations,” San Bernardino County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracy Martinez told Victor Valley News.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, “Funke has been a Citizen Volunteer in Trona since October of 2014, but is no longer affiliated with the department.”

Funke is scheduled for arraignment on March 16, 2017 in Victorville Superior Court.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective M.J. Higgins at (909)387-3615. Callers may remain anonymous and contact WeTIp at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com

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