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Ex-official held in molestation

A former city councilman was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of lewd acts against a child under 14 years old, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigator said.

Investigators arrested Oscar Medrano Jr., 47, at his Gardena jewelry store after a two-week investigation into allegations that the two-term councilman had molested a girl, said Sgt. Dan Scott of the Special Victims Unit. Medrano has not been formally charged, and the district attorney is reviewing the case. Medrano resigned from the City Council on Tuesday, citing health issues, according to the Daily Breeze.

A man who answered the phone at Medrano’s home would not comment on the arrest. Medrano, a longtime resident of Gardena, was elected to the City Council in 2003 and served as mayor pro tem.

-- Jean-Paul Renaud

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