Tony Rackauckas

Grand jury alleges culture of sexual misconduct and favoritism in O.C. district attorney's office

Grand jury alleges culture of sexual misconduct and favoritism in O.C. district attorney's office

A culture of sexual misconduct inside the bureau of investigation at the Orange County district attorney’s office has created a perception of “a hostile work environment,” according to a report released Tuesday by the county’s grand jury.

Jurors interviewed nearly 100 people — deputy district attorneys, paralegals, investigators, human resources personnel, commanders and executive staff — after hearing complaints about misconduct and retaliation by bureau management as a result of sexual relationships between supervisors and subordinates.

The jury’s allegations include sexual encounters at training conferences, sexually explicit comments about coworkers, and the transmission...

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