Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hires officers accused of sex abuse and other misconduct
By Travis Gettys
Monday, December 2, 2013 14:19 EST
Dozens of applicants were hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department although background checks turned up evidence of serious misconduct, according to a newspaper analysis.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the department made the hires in 2010 after taking over patrol of parks and government buildings from the county police force’s Office of Public Safety, and officers from that agency were given first shot at the newly created jobs.
Many of those officers manipulated their lie detector tests, although others were hired despite histories of accidentally firing their weapons, having sex at work or soliciting prostitutes.
Another officer was hired after admitting to kissing and groping a 14-year-old girl when he was 28, although he insists he was in love and did nothing wrong.
According to a Los Angeles Times review, about 280 county officers were hired by the sheriff’s department, including nearly 100 who made untrue statements, falsified police records or engaged in other acts of dishonesty, and at least 15 were caught cheating on the department’s own polygraph exams.