Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $440,000 payout to settle a lawsuit involving a sheriff’s deputy who was prosecuted in a sex case involving a 15-year-old girl.

The deputy, Kenneth Alexander, pleaded no contest on Aug. 10, 2012, to one count of oral copulation of a person under 18. Alexander, who was 46 years old at the time of his plea, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation.

A guardian for the girl brought the civil suit against Alexander and the county in 2012, alleging personal injury, both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision and retention.

Alexander was assigned to the sheriff’s Marina del Rey station and responded to two calls at the girl’s home in December 2010. He gave the teen his business card and cell number both times and told her during the second visit that “he really liked her” and to “call him on his cell number if she had any problems,” the suit says.

The two began having phone conversations, the majority initiated by Alexander, that gradually grew to be “more sexual in nature,” according to the complaint.

In January 2011, Alexander persuaded the girl to come to his home, where he told her about the first time he had shot someone and also said his partner was lazy, the suit says. He later asked her if he could take photos of her naked, but she refused, according to the suit.

Although the girl was “shaking and scared,” Alexander took her pants off, performed oral sex on her and then had intercourse with her, according to the lawsuit.

Alexander called the girl a month later and she agreed to meet with him again, at which time he induced her to perform oral sex on him, court papers state.

The Sheriff’s Department denied that “they knew or should have known of the inappropriate relationship between Jane Doe and the deputy and failed to take action,” according to a summary of the case provided to the Board of Supervisors.

Citing the risks and uncertainties of litigation, county attorneys recommended a “reasonable settlement” of $440,000. The county has already spent more than $170,000 in legal fees and expenses fighting the case, according to the legal summary.

City News Service

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