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March 14, 2018

Sheriff’s Department Employees Under Investigation

In late January 2018, the Sheriff’s Department received a citizen’s complaint expressing concern for the welfare of an elderly female resident in a Sacramento County Neighborhood.  The complainant suspected that two Sheriff’s Deputies had taken advantage of the elderly female who potentially suffered from diminished mental capacity, and was concerned for both the welfare and the whereabouts of the female as she had not been seen in several days.

The Sheriff’s Department immediately began an investigation.  As early details emerged, investigators consulted with additional public safety agencies, including the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s service.  For several days, the whereabouts of the elderly woman were unknown.  Sheriff’s Investigators discovered that she had been placed on an airplane and sent to the Philippines to stay with extended family.  With the assistance of our federal partners, we were able to locate her and, at the request of the elderly woman and her family, detectives went to the Philippines, interviewed her, and escorted her safely home.

During the course of the criminal and administrative investigations, several search warrants were executed and many unusual activities by both deputies, both on and off duty, were discovered.  Also during the investigations, allegations of improper conduct surfaced from another county for one of the officers.   Both cases are under review by their respective District Attorney’s Office.

Both deputies—one a female fourteen-year veteran, the other a male six-year veteran—have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of both the criminal and administrative investigations.  The ongoing nature of these investigations precludes releasing any further details at this time.


Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman

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