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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $450,000 to a man who was investigated by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective he claimed was having an affair with his wife.

The Los Angeles Times says jurors ruled for Alberto Gutierrez Thursday in a civil rights lawsuit against Detective Phillip Solano and a sheriff’s deputy.

Gutierrez claimed Solano had an affair with his wife at the same time that he was investigating Solano for allegedly threatening the woman during a bitter custody battle. He also accused a sheriff’s deputy of a cover-up.

Gutierrez was twice arrested in 2008 on suspicion of violating a restraining order. He was acquitted of some criminal charges and others were dropped.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore says Solano faces an internal affairs investigation.

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