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SVB Arrested a Teacher for Lewd Acts with a Child

SVB Arrested a Teacher at Pete Knight High School, for Lewd Acts with a Child

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau conducted an investigation regarding an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 53 year-old teacher and a female 15 year-old student at Pete Knight High School, 37423 70th Street East in Palmdale.   
 
On January 30, 2020, the facts of the investigation were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  17 counts were filed against the suspect, including Lewd Acts with a Child, Unlawful Oral Copulation, and Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor. 
 
On February 19, 2020, suspect Anthony Faaborg, male White, was arrested at his residence in Palmdale.  He is currently in-custody with bail set at $975,000. 

The booking photo is not being released at this time. 
 
The investigation is on-going. No further information is available.  

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau.
 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Special Victims Bureau is tasked with investigating the sexual and physical abuse of children and felonious sexual assaults involving adult victims.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau toll free tip line at (877) 710-5273 or by email at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org. 

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA

MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA

It was a pleasure to promote Commander Tardy and recognize her as a strong leader in our Department for #BlackHistoryMonth.

In 1994, Commander Tardy graduated from the Academy and began her LASD career at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women, where she served as a line deputy and training officer until she transferred to Temple Station (TEM) in 1999. While at TEM, Commander Tardy worked patrol as well as special assignments. In 2001, she promoted to a Gang Investigator and transferred to Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS), working out of Compton Station.

In 2006, she promoted to Sergeant and remained at Compton Station, serving as a field Supervisor, Detective Bureau Sergeant and Operations Sergeant. She promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011 and transferred to Men’s Central Jail for two years before transferring again to Carson Station (CAS) in 2013. There she served as a Watch Commander as well as the Detective Lieutenant and Operations Lieutenant.

In 2015, Commander Tardy transferred to Headquarters as an Executive Aide for Central Patrol Division, where she served for one year until she promoted to Captain of South Los Angeles Station (SLA). She served as the Unit Commander at SLA until her promotion to her current rank of Commander in January, 2019.

Throughout her career, Commander Tardy has been actively involved in the communities she’s served. She has helped to organize a West Athens Peace March to address violence in the community, assisted with the organization of a Community Partnership Group within Central Patrol Division, and helped develop Crisis Intervention Worker protocol for LASD. She has also participated in multiple Walk for Life marches in South Los Angeles, contributed to the E-pal program at an elementary school, and worked with Southwest College to establish the first-ever Internship program, which includes SLA as well as Compton and Century Stations. Commander Tardy has also served on the Commander Management Task Force to address violence within the jails, and is responsible for attending recruitment events within Central Patrol Division’s jurisdiction.

Commander Tardy has attended UCLA and received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University- San Bernardino. She has been on the Board of Trustees for the Black Peace Officers Association since 2011 and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has one son who plays basketball for Bethesda Christian University. In her off-duty time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball and volleyball, doing home-improvement projects, mentoring and doing community service.

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Minh G. Dinh promoted to Captain

MINH G. DINH PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

Minh Dinh is the latest Captain to be promoted under Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s new Captain promotional process.  Captain Dinh, a 33-year veteran of the Department, has been selected to take the helm of the Cerritos Station. 

Captain Dinh graduated from Academy class 239 and spent his first 12 years on the Department as a deputy at Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), Temple Station (TEM), Personnel bureau and Operation Safe Streets before promoting to Detective at COPS Bureau, working on the Asian Crimes Taskforce.

Captain Dinh returned to TEM as a sergeant for five years before promoting to lieutenant and transferring back to MCJ as the Watch Commander.  He also served as a lieutenant at Lakewood Station and Professional Standards Division. 

Captain Dinh has an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources, and a jurist doctorate from Northwestern California University School of Law.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has completed multiple Department leadership courses. 

Captain Dinh has participated in televised Public Safety Announcements promoting child car seat safety, and has appeared on Vietnamese speaking channels to promote general safety awareness.  He was also part of the Department’s security detail for President George W. Bush’s inaugural parade in 2005.

At the age of 14, Captain Dinh came to the United States by himself after spending a year in a Malaysian refugee camp.  He supported himself after graduating high school and decided to join the Department in 1987.  He has been married to retired LASD Lieutenant, Jenny Ha, for 29 years and their adult daughter, Claire, a Fulbright alum, is currently attending Harvard Medical School.  In his free time, Captain Dinh enjoys swimming, reading and bicycling.

The city of Cerritos is located in Southeastern Los Angeles County and has a population of approximately 50,000.  LASD has provided law enforcement services for the city since 1956 and the station is located adjacent to City Hall.  The Department and city government have a strong relationship and are both deeply committed to emphasizing community oriented policing.  

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Operation reclaim and rebuild 2020

Sheriff Villanueva and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Announce Arrests and Rescues by California Law Enforcement

During Operation Reclaim and Rebuild

In conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced details and results from the sixth annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild enforcement operation, conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and 70 participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and task forces from across California.  The weeklong, statewide effort aimed at combatting human trafficking took place between Sunday, January 26, and Saturday, February 1, 2020, and was conducted in various mediums and met with positive results.

The press conference was held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the iconic Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.  Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined by executives and representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) , San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Contra Costa County Human Trafficking Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Journey Out, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles School Police Department, Anaheim Police Department, Concord Police Department, San Gabriel Police Department, Saving Innocence, and Zoe International.

Operation Reclaim and Rebuild focused on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, providing victims with much-needed services, identifying and arresting their captors, seeking successful prosecutions, and disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers.  Police agencies and other trafficking task forces throughout our state joined in the enforcement operation to send the clear message that California law enforcement shares a unified mandate:   Human trafficking must not be tolerated in our state!

In preparation for the event, an operational planning meeting took place in Los Angeles, with over 200 federal, state and municipal law enforcement detectives from all over California in attendance.  Investigators focused enforcement operations wherever the trafficking of human beings took place, from confronting the reality of sidewalk prostitution by conducting demand operations, to challenging the virtual reality of the cyber world where traffickers believe they can operate anonymously using the internet. 

The internet furnishes a vast variety of opportunities for traffickers, but with the experience of specially-trained cyber detectives who posed as vulnerable teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and customers who were anxious to exploit found their plans foiled. 

Victims encountered during enforcement efforts were cared for by personnel from various Department of Children and Family Services Agencies and victim service providers in each county.  In Los Angeles County, CAST, Saving Innocence, Zoe International, and Journey Out coordinated the emergency services response for victim care and collaborated with similar, non-governmental victim service organizations throughout the state.

Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was widely successful in its endeavor with 76 adult and 11 minor victims being recovered; 266 males arrested for the charge of Solicitation; and 27 suspected traffickers and exploiters were arrested.  In total, 518 arrests were made. 

Sheriff Villanueva relayed the mission, efforts and results of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, and gave a firm direction to the victims:  “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and our partners stand with each victim of this heinous crime.  You are the focus of this endeavor.  We are here for you.  We are here to help you reclaim your freedom from the binds of sex trafficking, and to provide you the support and tools to rebuildyour lives.

“To the traffickers and solicitors:  We will not tolerate the enslavement and trafficking of others in any form.  We will seek you out and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.

“To the Johns:  Purchasing commercial sex is illegal and buying sex adds to the exploitation of those involved,” he said poignantly.

Captain Michael Hannemann, who oversaw the coordinated effort, defined the undertaking.  “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild is a state-wide operation which displays the mutual commitment of California law enforcement, social service agencies, and victim service providers in the fight to end sex trafficking,” he said.  “The L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force is an example of how individual entities can be far more effective, when they join together in a shared mission.  Today, 11 children have been rescued from their exploiters and 76 women have been connected with the services necessary to rebuild their lives, free from exploitation.”

“As a task force, we are continuing to find cutting-edge approaches to serving survivors that prioritize their rights, secure their safety, and provide access to services – while holding traffickers accountable,” said CAST CEO and Executive Director Kay Buck.  “I want to thank all of the amazing community leaders that are a part of the task force for being stewards of our shared community values and our evolving national model.”

Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, Los Angeles Police Department, shared four cases which came as a result of Human Trafficking Taskforce operations and daily operations.  He attributed them to the collaborative work between organizations and non-governmental resource providers which come alongside to lift victims, “…out of their issues, provide them life-saving skills, life-building skills, and ultimately…prosecute those vicious criminals who prey upon them.”

“Human trafficking amounts to nothing less than modern day slavery and has no place in our society,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement.“It’s up to us to take on criminals who profit from forced labor and sexual exploitation of vulnerable Californians. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild is a testament to what can be accomplished to support survivors and combat trafficking in our state.”

Downloadable Material: Talking Points and Slides

The following agencies and task forces participated:

L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

Operation Reclaim & Rebuild

2020 Participants

Human Trafficking Task Forces

Contra Costa County Human Trafficking Task Force

          Antioch Police Department

          Concord Police Department

          Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office

          Pittsburg Police Department

          Walnut Creek Police Department

          Contra Costa Police Department

          Contra Costa County Probation Department

          Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office

          FBI Safe Streets (Contra Costa County)

Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

          California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

          California Highway Patrol

          Federal Bureau of Investigations

          Homeland Security Investigations

          LA County District Attorney’s Office

          LA County Probation Department

          LA County Sheriff’s Department

          LA County Department of Children and Family Services

          Los Angeles Police Department

          Los Angeles School Police Department

          United States Attorney’s Office

Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force

          Anaheim Police Department

          California Highway Patrol

          Irvine Police Department

          Orange County District Attorney’s Office

          Orange County Sheriff’s Department

          Santa Ana Police Department

Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

          Corona Police Department

Diplomatic Security Service

Federal Bureau of Investigations

Hemet Police Department

Homeland Security Investigations

Murietta Police Department

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Riverside County Probation Department

San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force

          California State Parole

Federal Bureau of Investigations

Homeland Security Investigations

Ontario Police Department

Redlands Police Department

San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

San Bernardino County Probation

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

San Bernardino Police Department

San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force

          California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

California Department of Justice – Attorney General’s Office

California Highway Patrol

Federal Bureau of Investigations

Homeland Security Investigations

National City Police Department

San Diego City Attorney’s Office

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

San Diego County Probation Department

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

San Diego Police Department

United States Attorney’s Office

San Luis Obispo County Human Trafficking Task Force

California Department of Justice

California Highway Patrol – Coastal Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Homeland Security Investigations

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office

San Luis Obispo County Probation Department

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

San Luis Obispo Police Department

Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Maria Police Department

Ventura County District Attorney’s Office

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Barbara Human Trafficking Task Force

          Lompoc Police Department

          Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office

          Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

          Santa Barbara Police Department

          Santa Maria Police Department

Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Task Force

          Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office

San Jose Police Department

Tulare County Human Trafficking Task Force

          Tulare County Sheriff’s Department

          Tulare County District Attorney’s Office

Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force

          Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

Ventura County District Attorney’s Office

Agencies 

Azusa Police Department

Huntington Beach Police Department

Long Beach Police Department

Merced Police Department

Pittsburg Police Department – VICE

Placer County Special Investigations Unit

Pomona PD / Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking Team

Sacramento Police Department/FBI Task Force

Sacramento Sheriff’s Department

Santa Ana Police Department

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department **Agency participated with task force and independently

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Sheriff and Undersheriff attend Golden Dragon Parade

SHERIFF AND UNDERSHERIFF ATTEND GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE

Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year for the Asian-American Community, and the celebration traditionally lasts about 15 days, starting with lighting piles of firecrackers and concluding with the lantern festival.

Since the mid-80s, Golden Dragon Parade has become an icon of the Chinese culture and brings a rich and diverse experience for all ethnicities. Presented by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles to celebrate the year of Rat, this year’s parade was highlighted by the queen of the parade, marching bands, various cultural dancers and the traditional performance of the dragon and lion dance.

Sheriff Villanueva and Undersheriff Murakami proudly represented the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department during the parade.  They walked along Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis.  LAPD Chief Moore was also in attendance.  Sheriff Villanueva said “this celebration is a wonderful way to ring in the Lunar New Year.  It celebrates the accomplishments in all our lives.  We at the LASD have accomplished a lot in the year of 2019. We will continue to work hard with our communities and keep the success moving forward in 2020.”

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D.A Files Charges – Former LASD Deputy Involved in Lancaster Shooting

D.A’S OFFICE FILES CHARGES ON FORMER LASD DEPUTY INVOLVED IN LANCASTER SHOOTING, AUG 21, 2019

On August 21, 2019, Lancaster Deputy Angel Reinosa reported being shot by a sniper, while in the parking lot of Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.  As a result, we deployed a massive amount of resources to capture the suspect.  Within days, investigators learned that Reinosa had completely fabricated the entire incident and there was no sniper, no shots fired and no injury sustained by Reinosa.

Immediately following, a criminal investigation was launched by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.  After it was determined that the account of the incident was created by Reinosa and was a complete lie, the criminal investigation focused on the criminal actions of Angel Reinosa.  A short time later, Reinosa was no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation was subsequently presented to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of filing criminal charges. 

Today, January 16, 2020, the District Attorney’s Office filed three counts against Angel Raul Reinosa and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The criminal counts include:

148.5(a) PC                                    Filing a False Police Report, a misdemeanor
1871.4(a)(1) Insurance Code          Insurance Fraud, a felony
1871.4(a)(2) Insurance Code          Insurance Fraud, a felony

These Insurance Code sections are pertaining to the Workman’s Compensation claim.

Armed with the warrant, at 2:30 pm, Detectives from the Internal Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested Angel Reinosa for the charges, after a traffic stop in Sylmar.  He was transported and booked at the County Jail Inmate Reception Center, where his bail was set at $40,000.   He is currently scheduled for arraignment on January 17, 2020 in Department 30 of the LA Superior Court in Los Angeles.  The case number is BA484557.

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Angela D. Walton promoted to captain

ANGELA D. WALTON PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

Captain Walton has served as a Lieutenant at Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) since 2013, making her the ideal choice to take the helm. Walton has been appointed the newest Captain of CRDF, following Diana Gealta’s promotion to Commander.

Walton joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1995, working as a patrol deputy, field training officer, and a Major Crimes detective before promoting to Sergeant. She worked at Altadena station as a field supervisor, watch sergeant and watch commander before moving on to the administrative side of the Department at Personnel. There, she was part of the “Women are Leaders” campaign and was instrumental in the largest female recruitment drive in the history of the Department.

As a Lieutenant, she was assigned at Pitchess Detention Center– East Facility, in 2011 then CRDF in 2013. She served as a watch commander at both facilities before taking on the Access to Care unit within CRDF, which is tasked with making sure the facility meets Federal compliance standards.

Walton’s last assignment at CRDF was as the Operations Lieutenant, overseeing the day to day operations of the facility, investigating administrative cases, maintaining the unit’s budget and handling personnel matters. From there she went on to oversee the Critical Incident Team at Custody Compliance sustainability Bureau, managing the Inmate Deaths Corrective Action plans.

Walton has a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and is a Master of Science candidate at Boston University. She has earned certificates from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, Behavior Analysis Training Institute, Leadership California, and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, just to name a few.

When she isn’t working, Walton enjoys traveling, reading, mentoring, writing, collecting, art, skiing and spending time with family and friends. Her breadth of experience both on and off duty have prepared her for tackling the challenges that come with running the largest female jail facility in the nation.

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LASD SAR Members Pay Respect to SBCSD SAR Tim Staples

LASD SAR MEMBERS PAY RESPECT TO SBCSD SAR TIM STAPLES

Today, Saturday, December 28, 2019, a ceremony to celebrate the life of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team member, Tim Staples was held in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

While Tim was in the Mount Baldy area searching for another missing hiker on Saturday, December 14, 2019, he became separated from his partner, and was tragically found dead a short time later. Tim was among approximately 125 other brave Search and Rescue volunteers from 11 different counties that were assisting with the search, and he ultimately gave his life trying to save someone he never knew.

In addition to being a volunteer Search and Rescue team member with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the past 9 years, Tim was also a social science teacher at a local high school, where he touched the lives of many past and present students. He was recently married to his wife, Katie and was also a brother, a son, an uncle, a nephew and friend to so many others.

To show their support, several members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team attended the ceremony to pay their respects.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sends our deepest condolences to the Staples family, the men and women of West Valley Search and Rescue, and to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Industry Station Bring Operation Christmas to La Puente Family

INDUSTRY STATION BRING OPERATION CHRISTMAS TO LA PUENTE FAMILY

On Tuesday. December 17, 2019, a Special Assignment Team from Industry Sheriff’s Station held an “Operation Christmas” contest,with the goal to adopt a family in need and to brighten their lives during this Holiday Season.

Industry Sheriff’s Station‘s, La Puente Special Assignment team was contacted by a woman named Cynthia who nominated her sister Valerie, and Valerie’s 10 year old, twin boys Jeremy & Jordan.

Jordan was diagnosed with a terminal illness. One of Jordan’s wishes was to have a winter wonderland Christmas this year but because of his illness, he has been restricted to his home.

With the help of generous vendors and the community, these deputies decided to bring a winter wonderland to Jordan. They were able to bring snow, a face painter, a holiday arch way, many decorations, gifts and most importantly Santa Claus. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Alex Verdugo joined Sheriff Alex Villanueva to be a part of Jordan’s special Winter Wonderland.

To watch the whole event unfold, please visit our YouTube page, or click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OXAfJ6k_mQ

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Sheriff and Archbishop Gomez Attend Annual Christmas Mass at MCJ

SHERIFF AND ARCHBISHOP GOMEZ ATTEND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MASS AT MCJ

Sheriff Villanueva Attended Annual Christmas Mass with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez at Men’s Central Jail on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Celebrating Christmas Mass at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles is a tradition for those inmates incarcerated at Men’s Central Jail. Their rehabilitation presses onward as Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez celebrate mass with approximately 150 inmates. This annual tradition allows inmates to participate in the holiday ceremony despite their incarceration.

After mass was celebrated, Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez both took the time to shake hands with all of the inmates as they exited the church, spreading holiday joy. Many thanked the Sheriff as they passed him by.

Sheriff Villanueva was asked why this was important to him. He explained that we are not defining people by their bad decisions of the past, but by what they can do in the future, and what they can do from this point forward. He went on to express how welcoming it is to see everyone come together to celebrate mass and to see the emotional impact it has on the inmates.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department has a variety of increasing inmate services geared toward the county jail’s population. As an essential part of rehabilitation, the Jail Chaplaincy Program goal is to reduce recidivism, hoping to ensure a smoother transition of the approximately 16,000 inmates who will eventually rejoin our communities.

Through the Jail Chaplaincy Program, qualified and devoted individuals provide programs and services to inmates and their families, which enhance their lives during incarceration and support them upon reentry into the community. These services, provided for all denominations provide. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “The spiritual health of those in our care is just as important as their physical well being. This type of work is indicative of the culture of our Department, and is the epitome of the holiday spirit.”