L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Raping Inmates
A member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility. Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced the arrest Thursday, one day after the assaults allegedly took place.
The deputy, 31-year-old Giancarlo Scotti, has been charged with two counts of rape and two counts of copulation under color of authority.
“Somebody who is in custody is in our care. We’re responsible to ensure their safety. This is appalling,” the sheriff said. “It’s a violation of the trust the public puts in us as a public entity.”
Scotti, who has been with the department for 10 years, declined to comment according to the L.A. Times.
The Century Regional Detention Facility, like thousands of other correctional facilities across the U.S., is bound by a set of federal standards aimed at protecting inmates from sexual assault. The facilities are supposed to undergo an audit every three years to ensure compliance, but a department representative said no facility within the L.A. County jail system has done so yet. A “test audit” is scheduled for next month, however.
According to the sheriff’s department, no other LASD members are believed to have participated in Wednesday’s assault.