Law Enforcement

Sheriff investigates 'disturbing' claims of deputy misconduct with youth in mentoring program

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations of misconduct involving a deputy and a member of the agency’s youth mentoring program.

The “alarming and disturbing” claims were discovered during a countywide review of the agency’s Deputy Explorer program and appear to be isolated, the department said in a statement released Tuesday.

The department has opened administrative and criminal investigations into the alleged misconduct, officials said. A sheriff’s spokeswoman declined to detail the misconduct or identify who was involved.

The Deputy Explorer program is an educational opportunity for people aged 14 though 21, allowing them to work...

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