Skooter reporting 06/30/12
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was found by police in a parked car with a 15-year-old girl at 2 a.m. in San Fernando and was arrested early today.
Deputy Richard Di Giovanni, 39, an 11-year veteran, was taken into custody on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, San Fernando police said. The offense carries a maximum jail sentence of a year. According to a Sheriff’s Department spokesman, deputy Di Giovanni has been relieved of duty with pay.
The arrest was sparked after a woman who saw her granddaughter leave home with a man and called San Fernando police, and was put on alert to lookout for his vehicle. Eventually they were found on Hubbard Street doing nothing, just sitting there talking, said San Fernando’s interim police chief, Gil Carillo.
The deputy was charged at 7:57 a.m. under a broad ruling that prohibit any action that could cause a minor to come under the authority of a juvenile court. He later posted bail.
Carrillo refused to comment what they know about the kind of the relationship between Di Giovanni and the girl or how his actions be a factor to the delinquency of a minor. Carillo further said that the charge will be submitted to the county District Attorney’s Office for a decision on filing charges, probably on Friday. If a misdemeanor charge is filed, Di Giovanni will be suspended with pay, said Steve Whitmore, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
Di Giovanni lives in Canyon Country; he was awarded the department’s Purple Heart after being shot in the line of duty in 2009. He was chasing an armed man who had fired at deputies in Lawndale. The man was killed in a gun battle.
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