California Department of Rehabilitation Officer Charged with Sexual Abuse of Minor Ward

VENTURA, Calif. – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Azzan Sandhu
(DOB 01/26/96), of Fullerton, has been charged with nine felony counts related to the sexual
abuse of a 15-year-old female incarcerated at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF), in
Camarillo, California. The charges include seven counts of committing a lewd act on a child, one
count of using a child for the creation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM), and one count of
communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sex offense. Each count also carries a
special allegation that Sandhu took advantage of a position of trust or confidence to commit the

Sandhu was arraigned today and pled not guilty to all charges and allegations.
Sandhu is a peace officer employed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
(CDCR), and was responsible for the supervision of minor inmates housed at the VYCF. He is
accused of committing sexual acts on a 15-year-old female under his supervision between
December 2022 and February 2023. Sandhu is further accused of using his cell phone to create
CSAM of the victim during the same period.

“The defendant is accused of using his position of trust and authority to sexually abuse a
vulnerable female entrusted to his care,” District Attorney Erik Nasarenko said. “We will continue to
vigorously prosecute any individual who is alleged to have preyed upon and sexually exploited a

Senior Deputy District Attorney Tony Wold, a member of the Ventura County District Attorney’s
Office Public Integrity Unit, is prosecuting the case.
Contact: Joey Buttitta
Title: Communications Manager/PIO
Phone: (805) 767-3400
Approved: SW
Date: March 20, 2024
Release No.: 24-025

Sandhu is scheduled for an early disposition conference on April 25, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. in
courtroom 11 of the Ventura County Superior Court. He remains in custody with bail set at
$1 million.

Case: 2024006271
Defendant Information:
Azzan Sandhu (DOB 01/26/96)

Charged with:
• (7 counts) PC 288(c)(1) – Lewd act upon a child
• PC 288.3(a) – Luring
• PC 311.4(c) – Using minor for sex acts
Special Allegations:
• CRC 4.421(a)(3) – Victim was vulnerable
• CRC 4.421(a)(11) – The defendant took advantage of a position of trust or confidence to commit the offens