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A California man has been charged through a summons with sexual abuse of a minor and committing a second-degree sexual offense in court papers alleging he played a “doctor game” with two pre-teenage girls including touching and fondling their bodies.
Jeffrey Stephen Bixby, 54, admitted to police that he had the girls undress to practice “procedures” he had learned in emergency medical technician classes, according to a charges application filed by the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
One girl told police that the suspect would have her undress and would touch and examine areas of her body while she was visiting his home during the last decade, charging papers state, and the other girl told police that the suspect would fondle her body. Both girls were less than 13 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.
During questioning by police, Bixby “apologized for making the victims feel ‘uncomfortable,’ and made incriminating statements during the investigation,” detective Lt. David Yingling wrote in the charges application.
A conviction for the crime of sexual abuse of a minor carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. A conviction for committing a second-degree sexual offense carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Shawn Downs, chief of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, said Friday that Bixby has been on a leave of absence from the department since October and submitted a letter of resignation in December.