A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting an inmate whereas on responsibility on the girls’s jail in Lynwood, authorities mentioned Wednesday.
The investigation into 27-year-old Jonathan Tejada Paredes started Tuesday, when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division officers discovered of a sexual assault allegation involving a lady incarcerated on the Century Regional Detention Facility.
Detectives opened an investigation and arrested Paredes a day later, the division mentioned. The division didn’t provide further particulars about what occurred.
Officers mentioned he was booked at a sheriff’s station round 1 p.m. and his bail set at $100,000. It was not instantly clear whether or not he had retained an lawyer.
Late Wednesday, the union that represents deputies condemned the alleged actions whereas calling for a radical investigation of the claims.
“The allegations on this case, if true, are nothing shy of appalling,” mentioned Richard Pippin, president of the Assn. of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. “ALADS takes allegations of this nature very critically, and we all know the sheriff’s division does as properly. We anticipate the division will conduct a radical investigation into this matter and we’ll stay up for the end result of that investigation.”
Over the past 5 years, greater than half a dozen girls have accused Lynwood jailers of sexually assaulting them, allegations that led to no less than two prison convictions and one multimillion-dollar authorized payout.
In 2017, then-deputy Giancarlo Scotti was arrested after inmates informed a instructor he’d attacked them. Scotti was initially charged with two counts of rape and two counts of oral copulation beneath shade of authority.
“It’s disgusting to all of us, to anybody who wears a badge,” former Sheriff Jim McDonnell mentioned on the time.
After Scotti’s arrest, extra girls got here ahead with comparable claims. A ten-year veteran of the division, Scotti was charged with six felonies and two misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 2 years in jail, lower than a 3rd of the utmost doable sentence.
“When he’s placing on his road garments … I’ll be waking in a chilly sweat,” one sufferer tearfully informed a decide when Scotti was sentenced in 2019.
A number of of Scotti’s accusers filed lawsuits or authorized claims, and the county agreed to pay $3.9 million in settlements. One lady, who was pregnant on the time, alleged that the jailer had ordered her to her knees and directed her to carry out oral intercourse. One other mentioned Scotti had sexually assaulted her in a jail bathe in the future earlier than his arrest. She saved a few of his semen on a chunk of tissue paper, which she offered to investigators, in line with her lawsuit.
Then in 2020, Roy’ce Bass, a custody assistant, was arrested on suspicion of participating in sexual exercise with two detainees on the Lynwood lockup. He was charged with 4 counts of getting intercourse with an grownup confined in a detention facility. Two of the costs have been linked to a July 2017 encounter in an inmate’s cell, and the opposite two have been tied to a January 2018 incident.
Bass finally pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years of probation, in line with data from the district lawyer’s workplace.
Inmates can’t legally consent to sexual activity with deputies beneath state and federal legislation.