For­mer LASD re­cruit gets 180 days in jail

35-year-old Santa Clarita Val­ley res­i­dent pleads no con­test to one felony count each of ar­son, grand theft

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

A one-time re­cruit of the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, who lives in the Santa Clarita Val­ley, was sen­tenced late last week to 180 days in jail after he pleaded no con­test to one felony count each of ar­son and grand theft, with an en­hance­ment that the value ex­ceeded $65,000.

Julio Ce­sar Jimenez, 35, of Santa Clarita, who was ar­rested on Feb. 15 and de­scribed at the time in a L.A. County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment news re­lease as a newly hired re­cruit, ap­peared Fri­day in San Fer­nando Su­pe­rior Court.

He is no longer em­ployed by the LASD.

“Jimenez was sen­tenced to 180 days in jail and five years of for­mal pro­ba­tion,” Ricardo San­ti­ago, spokesman for the L.A. County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, said Tues­day.

“The de­fen­dant also was or­dered to com­plete 45 days of com­mu­nity la­bor and 26 ses­sions of men­tal health coun­sel­ing,” he said.

On Jan. 4, 2019, a resti­tu­tion hear­ing is sched­uled to de­ter­mine the amount of money to be paid to Brinks and Wells Fargo Inc.

On that day, Jimenez is ex­pected to sur­ren­der to au­thor­i­ties and be­gin serv­ing his jail sen­tence.

Jimenez stole $110,000 on Nov. 28, 2017, from an ATM in Ne­whall and then, on Dec. 1, 2017, burned the ATM to cover his theft.

Jimenez was ar­rested and then booked at the East Los An­ge­les Sher­iff’s Sta­tion on felony charges of ar­son, grand theft and em­bez­zle­ment.

He posted bond that same day and was re­leased pend­ing a fu­ture court ap­pear­ance.

Jimenez was hired Dec. 14, 2017, and was em­ployed as a cadet for less than two months when his al­leged in­volve­ment in the in­ci­dents was dis­cov­ered.

He started the Deputy Sher­iff Train­ing Academy on Dec.18, 2017.

He was in the ini­tial phase of the 22-week academy when the dis­cov­ery of his po­ten­tial in­volve­ment in the crimes sur­faced.

The LASD car­ries out an ex­ten­sive back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion on all ap­pli­cants be­fore they are hired for the po­si­tion of deputy sher­iff trainee, Capt. Dar­ren Har­ris, who heads the LASD’s In­for­ma­tion Bureau, said in March.

Very few of the to­tal ap­pli­cants, Har­ris said, less than 5 per­cent, suc­cess­fully com­plete the ex­ten­sive process and are se­lected to en­ter the train­ing academy.

Based on the time­line, he said in March, it ap­pears the crimes com­mit­ted by Jimenez oc­curred be­tween the time his back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded and his date of em­ploy­ment with the De­part­ment,.

The al­le­ga­tions of grand theft ini­tially lev­elled against Jimenez con­flict with the high­est eth­i­cal and pro­fes­sional stan­dards re­quired for em­ploy­ment with the Los An­ge­les Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, said Har­ris.

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