L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Faces New Wave of Sexual Assault Allegations

Sexual assault allegations are mounting against a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested and placed on unpaid leave last year. With another case filed Friday, a total of five women have filed lawsuits alleging sexual harassment or assault by Giancarlo Scotti, a 10-year department employee who was working at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

The lawsuits not only accuse Scotti of horrendous sexual violations, but also blame the county for failing to implement federal standards aimed at preventing sexual harassment and abuse by deputies.

“These federal safeguards exist for a reason, to prevent nightmares like this,” said Erin Darling, an attorney who represents one of the women. The department says it has since made improvements to the system.

In addition to the lawsuits, Scotti has been criminally charged for the sexual assault of six female inmates from March through September of 2017. The latest allegations stretch back to December of 2016.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times