JACKSON, Calif. — Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer in Northern California was arrested on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Michael Joslin, of Pioneer, was arrested Monday after a pastor contacted authorities after learning of the abuse.

The office says detectives determined Joslin had been molesting the child for about a year.

The Sacramento Bee reports Joslin was found in Placer County and arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor under 14, lewd acts with a child under 14, rape and other charges.

It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment.

CHP spokesman Craig Harmon confirmed that Joslin was a CHP officer at the time of his arrest. He said Joslin no longer works for the CHP.