RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA.com) — A Sheriff’s Department deputy has been arrested after being accused of having sexual contact with a female inmate, authorities said.
On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department received information about a possible sexual misconduct between an on-duty sheriff and a female out-of- custody work release inmate.READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
A criminal and internal investigation was launched immediately, officials said.
Authorities identified the deputy as Armando Espinoza and placed him on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.READ MORE: USC Places Sigma Nu Fraternity On Interim Suspension After Reports Of 'Possible Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults,' Students Protest In Support Of Victims
Espinoza, 45, was arrested and booked into the Central Detention Center on Thursday. He was hired as a deputy in 2006.
“This criminal conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said.
The Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights — a law that protects privacy of those involved in personnel actions — does not allow the department to release details of the department’s internal investigation into this matter.MORE NEWS: One Crew Member Killed, Second Wounded After Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Gun On Movie Set In New Mexico
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division at (909) 387-3589.