The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a deputy for alleged sexual conduct during a break and broadcasting the rendezvous over their radio, officials said Thursday
A short audio recording, first released by TMZ, captured part of the alleged encounter. In it, a woman laughs and says, “You’re going to rip my underwear!” A man answers, and a beep sounds, common on police radios.
A source familiar with the investigation, who requested anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said the woman’s voice belongs to a rookie deputy assigned to the downtown prison complex, which includes the Men’s Central Jail, and that she met her lover in a parking garage during a break time.
Investigators are investigating whether the man is also an employee of the Sheriff’s Department.
Sex in the workplace is a serious if not entirely uncommon offense for law enforcement, and the incident provides newly elected Sheriff Robert Luna with an early and unwelcome opportunity to see the department’s disciplinary system at work. If investigators find that the deputy violated the agency’s code of conduct, she could be suspended or fired.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is aware of a possible incident involving employees who may be engaged in inappropriate behavior,” the agency said in a statement. “The department is inquiring and investigating further. The department does not tolerate inappropriate behavior and expects every member of the department to behave in a professional manner and in accordance with our values.”
The unnamed deputy isn’t the first in the sheriff’s department to be caught red-handed by a hot microphone.
At the beginning of the pandemic, a male stand-in broadcast the soundtrack of a recording of love with a woman at a closed Universal Studios theme park. According to TMZ, the couple were reportedly near the set of the Bates Motel from the movie “Psycho.” When the radio picked up moaning and gasping noises, a dispatcher tried to interrupt the couple to let the deputy know his radio was on.
“95 Ocean, you have an open mic, mind the mic,” the dispatcher hissed angrily as the sounds of frolicking grew louder before abruptly cutting off. The MP was relieved of duty and the department relocated to sack him in 2021 following an internal investigation, according to law enforcement officials. It is not known whether the deputy ultimately lost his job.
In 2018, Jorge Villegas, a deputy police chief for the Los Angeles Police Department and one of Chief Michel Moore’s closest advisers, suddenly retired after a department surveillance operation caught him engaged in behavior sources said he may have been violated department policy against intimate relationships with lower-ranking officers.
According to multiple sources, Villegas left a bar with the woman and got into a car with her. The undercover officers then saw the couple engage in what appeared to be sexual activity, the sources said. The officers asked not to be identified as they were not authorized to discuss the case.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-15/l-a-county-sheriffs-deputy-investigated-after-sex-act Deputy under investigation after sex act is caught on hot mic