Cadet Who Accuses San Fernando Police Chief Of Firing Her Post-Affair Talks To CBS2/KCAL9

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 22-year-old cadet who accuses San Fernando Valley Police Chief Anthony Ruelas of firing her after they ended a long affair, speaks exclusively Wednesday to CBS2 and KCAL9’s Rita Garcia.

Ruelas, a married father of three, was put on leave last December after the allegations came to light.

He had just been named chief in August 2010 after serving as a lieutenant.

Maria Barajas wrote the San Fernando City Council in November 2010 saying she began a sexual affair with Ruelas in 2008.

Barajas said then that she had more than 1,500 e-mails and 1,000 text messages to back up her allegations.

She also said Ruelas began pressuring her to leave her post in the summer of 2009.

She also claimed she was unfairly fired due to a car accident in which she was a passenger and not the driver. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Ruelas and a deputy determined Barajas was at fault because she was the oldest person in the vehicle.

Garcia’s report airs on KCAL9 News at 10 p.m. and on CBS2 News at 11 p.m.


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